There’s been some marked improvement from the Elizabethtown Area High School girls tennis team this season, evidenced by the fact that the Lady Bears have already surpassed last year’s win total of three matches. With three remaining in the regular season, they’re looking to continue that success.
The team hosted Cocalico on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Elizabethtown was able to earn two easy victories in the doubles matches. The No. 1 team of seniors Kate Weissend and Lauren Masser won 8-2 over Eagles seniors Megan Rodriguez and Allie Dickson, while senior Anna Bert and junior McKenna Smith beat senior Abby Horning and sophomore Bethany Elmore 8-2 in the No. 3 spot, their first victory as a duo.
However, the No. 2 doubles match would go back and forth between Elizabethtown seniors Araya Fahnestock and Katy Hackenburg and Cocalico senior Sybi Gerhart and sophomore Kira Lapi. The latter was able to pull away at the end though, winning 9-7 to cut the Lady Bears’ lead to 2-1 heading into the singles portion.
Elizabethtown responded by sweeping the remaining matches to get the 6-1 victory. Weissend defeated Rodriguez 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 spot, while Masser handled Dickson 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 2 position. Fahnestock won 6-1, 6-4 over senior Leah Matthews in No. 3 singles, and sophomore Allison Evans outlasted Horning 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 4 slot.
The Lady Bears had a road match on Friday, Sept. 13, at Lancaster Catholic. The Crusaders figure to be contenders for the Lancaster-Lebanon League crown this season, and they played like it in this one, earning a 7-0 sweep.
Weissend and Masser were able to take the first No. 1 doubles game vs. seniors Riley Smith and Angelle San Jose before the latter reeled off eight straight wins for the 8-1 victory. Fahnestock and junior Mia Giordano fell 8-2 in No. 2 doubles to seniors Meg Grasberger and Katie Hollister as well. Bert and McKenna Smith were much better in the No. 3 spot; they led 7-3 against junior Rachael Linkey and sophomore Alexis Morgan at one point. However, the Crusaders duo mounted a comeback, eventually winning 9-7.
Lancaster Catholic had control in the singles matches as well. Riley Smith and San Jose won 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0 vs. Weissend and Masser in the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively. Fahnestock lost 6-2, 6-1 to Grasberger at No. 3, while Giordano fell 6-3, 6-1 to Hollister in the No. 4 slot.
Lastly, Elizabethtown hosted Warwick on Monday, Sept. 16, getting a modified 5-0 sweep in the process. There wasn’t much trouble for the Lady Bears across their matches, save for one. Bert and McKenna Smith lost their first No. 1 doubles set to senior Kinyaw Paw and junior Aysia Weiler 6-4 before coming back to win the remaining two sets 6-3 and 10-4.
The No. 2 doubles match was tightly contested as well, though Evans and Hackenburg were able to get the 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over junior Elizabeth Martin and sophomore Ann Barney. The singles portion was all Lady Bears, however. Weissend (No. 1) topped sophomore Jania Weist 6-1, 6-0, while Fahnestock (No. 2) beat sophomore Bella Johnson 6-2, 6-1 and Giordano (No. 3) won 6-0, 6-1 vs. senior Jordyn Mitchell.
With a record of 4-7 on the year, Elizabethtown was scheduled to play at home vs. Donegal on Wednesday, Sept. 18, before traveling to Lebanon on Friday, Sept. 20. The Lady Bears will then close out the regular season at home against Manheim Central on Monday, Sept. 23.