Settlers Advance Their Point, Strike First-Ever Ticket for PIAA Tennis Tournament | Sports
Calling the New Oxford women’s tennis team’s playoff a “revenge tour” may not be entirely appropriate.
After all, the Colonials would gladly have tried their luck against any team in front of them.
While it is fitting that after beating Hershey, who knocked out New Oxford from the 2020 playoffs, in the first round of the District 3 Class 3A Tag Team Championships, the Colonials had a showdown with Dallstown on Wednesday for a very first trip to the in-game PIAA Tournament.
The Wildcats were the only team to topple New Oxford in the regular season, claiming a 3-2 victory since Aug.31.
This time around, it was the Colonials who turned the tide, taking their own 3-2 victory and advancing to the state tournament.
“The community texted me left and right. I walk into a store and they’ve been on us. They love to follow our team and it’s amazing, ”New Oxford coach Travis Martin said of the victory, which took place at RCW Athletic Club in Lancaster.
As always, the Colonials took a 1-0 lead in the game as freshman Anya Rosenbach, who recently returned from a knee injury, clinched a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the opener. in singles against Hannah Sult of Dallastown.
The Wildcats (14-3) didn’t take long to tie the game, as Namya Jindal knocked out Allison Horick, who entered the game in bad weather, in straight sets in the second singles match.
It was a turn of events from the first time the two teams met, when Horick came out victorious. Luckily for the Colonials, it was their turn to turn the tide in the third single, as freshman Kaelyn Balko took a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Catharine Lasher to bring the overall score to 2- 1 in favor of New Oxford.
“One thing I think I improved is my nervousness, really,” Balko said of the difference between now and the first clash with Lasher, which she gave up. “Before, I was really scared to let the team down. But I realized that the team was still supporting me. And I knew today that the team supported each other so much that before the game, no matter how I do it, we will all be a team at the end of the day.
Balko’s victory left the Colonials (17-2) only needing one point from either of the remaining doubles matches to secure the victory. In the second doubles match, New Oxford duo Kylie Wampler and Anne Socks lost the first set before retreating to a 7-5 victory in the second set. In the third set, however, it was Dallastown’s Kylie Sciuto and Chloe Isett who claimed a 7-5 victory and tied the team’s score at 2-2.
That meant it would all come down to New Oxford’s Alex Wolf and Joslyn Loss in the first doubles competition. Wolf and Loss won the first set, 7-6, after a tiebreaker. Although Wildcats’ pair Elizabeth Tony and Jessica Coulson fought to line the game with a 6-4 victory in the second set.
There’s no denying it, Wolf and Loss dominated in the deciding third set, taking a 3-0 lead and never looking back, winning the final set 6-1 and sending their team to the State Tournament for the first time.
“The pressure is really nice,” Wolf said of his strong performance in a tough spot. “Especially when I have my team there supporting me, so every good point we play, we cheer them on. It turns me on a bit.
Wolf and Loss are in their second season in doubles and say they have grown and improved during that time.
“You have to be really patient with each other,” Loss said. “Every point, we have to support each other, even if we are wrong. “
The Colonials will begin their first foray into the state tag team tournament on Tuesday when they travel to face District 1 champion Conestoga.
“They don’t know what to expect,” Martin said of his team. “But you never know, you never know. At least you get this essay so that next year we can build on that, we know where to go.”
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District 3 Women’s Tennis Team Championships
New Oxford 3, Dallastown 2
Singles: Anya Rosenbach (NO) d. Hannah Sult 6-0, 6-0; 2. Namya Jindal (D) d. Allison Horick 6-4, 6-3; 3. Kaelyn Balko (NO) d. Catharine Lasher 6-4, 6-1
Doubles: 1. Loss of Alex Wolf / Joslyn (NO) d. Elizabeth Tony / Jessica Coulson 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-1; 2. Kylie Sciuto / Chloe Isett (D) d. Socks Kylie Wampler / Anne 7-5, 2-6, 7-5
Township of Manheim 3, Cumberland Valley 2
Trinity 3, Kennard-Dale 2
Conrad Weiser 3, Wyomissing 2