HERSHEY — The Carlisle and Cumberland Valley girls tennis teams took to the courts Friday afternoon at Hershey Racquet Club for their District 3 Class 3A team first-round matches. Both were higher seeds but both dropped their matches in hard fought competition on Thursday.
No. 8 Cumberland Valley lost 3-2 to ninth-seeded Conestoga Valley, and in return the Buckskins get a second-round matchup Monday against top-seeded Manheim Twp.
The Thundering Herd, No. 7, dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 10 Conrad Weiser, and the Scouts get to play second -seeded Hershey next.
In the first match, Cumberland Valley’s Vaishnavie Datta was extended to three sets by the Buckskins’ Catherine Scala. Scala dropped the first set 7-6 (4), but rallied to win the second set 6-1, sending the match to a third set. Datta was finally able to outlast Scala by a 6-4 margin.
Both players spent a good portion of the match just keeping the ball in play and waiting for the other to make that fatal mistake.
“We had some really long rallies in every game,” Datta said.
Valerie Motter struggled the whole match and dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to sophomore Jacqueline McBride. Lauren Noss won her third singles match 6-3 and 6-2.
“Lauren has played very solidly all season, “Eagles coach Nick Mallos said. “This is our 19th match and she has only lost once. Overall it wasn’t what we expected, but the next match would have been Manheim Twp. We are young and some kids got some experience today. We had our chances today.”
Both Eagles doubles teams dropped three-set matches in which they both led 5-4 in the deciding set but couldn’t put it away.
Doubles 1 Buckskins pair Ellie Kready and Christina McBride beat Judy Chiwaka and Emma Ducceschi, while Caitlin Carter and Amy Halderman won the Doubles 2 matchup with Alyson Graham and Samhita Ellanki.
Carlisle dropped both of their doubles matches as well to the Scouts.
Olivia Gorak-Lacquement was the only Herd winner as she rolled through Leah Boushard 6-1, 6-3 in Singles 2. She displayed a solid assortment of ground strokes and a powerful serve to win her match.
Aneesa Malik edged the Herd’s Julia Martin 6-2, 6-1 in Singles 3.
In a match that started on one court, was moved to another and wasn’t allowed to finish due to the match being decided already, the Herd’s top player, Megan Ulrich, split two sets with the Berks County champion and freshman Alexandra Pancu. Ulrich won the first set 6-4 but Pancu rallied for a 6-0 shutout in the second set. Pancu led the third set 4-2 before the match was called.
The two players will return Friday to play each other in the first round of the District 3 Class 3A singles competition.
“Sometimes, you have an idea about an opponent but this was good for tomorrow,” Ulrich said. “I saw some positive things about where I played well and places where I need to play better tomorrow. It was a good match today; we had a lot of close games where a point here or there could have changed the outcome.”
Herd doubles team of Hayden Habhab and Erin Kennedy lost 6-3, 6-1 to the Scouts Janay Lewis and Mackenzie Hanna.
Emnet Kefeni and Lacie Pichler of Conrad Weiser won the second doubles against Abby Martin and Jess Morrow.
Both players displayed impressive and powerful ground strokes and serves.