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Doubles teams shine at leagues

The Emmaus girls tennis team is entering District 11 playoff competition after what coach Robert Dragotta called an outstanding season.

“The Emmaus girls tennis team had an awesome dual-match season,” Dragotta said. “It’s been a fun season.”

For the Hornets, fun has come from one source - winning, lots of winning. Emmaus finished the regular season with a 17-1 record, second in the EPC behind Parkland.

“Our singles were good players and our doubles teams were our strength,” the coach said. “The doubles ended the dual matches 51-3.”

Last Thursday the Hornets tied for second place with Stoudsburg at 18 points overall in the East Penn Conference tournament held at Parkland High School. Emmaus and the Mountaineers both finished six points behind champion Parkland.

The Hornet’s Shelby Carter finished fourth overall in the second singles bracket, while Riley Stuckey took third in number three singles.

The doubles tandem of Indira Tatikola and Teya Gougoustamos came in third in second doubles. The two talented young ladies were a formidable pair to EPC foes this season, going 17-1.

Payton McGlory and Liza Duerholz won gold in the third doubles category, losing only three games in three matches. Alyssa Mugavero and Kate Smith also won gold at the EPC tournament, and were 18-0 on the season.

Two days earlier, the Parkland wrapped up yet another EPC regular-season title by beating undefeated rival Emmaus in the season finale, 5-2. The win improved the Trojans’ league record to 16-0, while Emmaus dropped to 15-1 in the EPC and 17-1 overall.

“Parkland versus Emmaus is always a great rivalry,” said Dragotta. “We had a competitive match, but Parkland was the better team.”

The District 11 Class 3A singles tournament was rained out Monday. The first two rounds were rescheduled to Wednesday at Lehigh University. Semifinals and finals will now be played Thursday at Parkland.

Emmaus will enter the District 11 team tournament next week. The Hornets are second in the district rankings, just one-thousandth of a point behind Parkland. As the No. 2 seed in districts, Emmaus will likely host Freedom in the opening round Monday, Oct. 11. The Hornets beat the Patriots 5-1 in a Sept. 21 regular season match.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Hornet junior Shelby Carter returns a shot during a recent match.