The Emmaus girls tennis program has dismissed virtually all of the regular season competition and the question becomes can this team win the a league and district championship?
It won’t be easy and certainly won’t be automatic, but suffice it to say coach Robert Dragotta’s 2022 squad is good enough to make that discussion plausible. Through 14 matches the Green Hornets hold a 12-2 record, with one of those defeats coming against out-of-league powerhouse Moravian Academy. Most of the time, the young ladies are too much for the competition.
Case in point was a suffocating 7-0 victory Sept. 8 over Central Catholic.
“Our team played very well against Central Catholic,” Dragotta said. “I enjoyed watching the match. Everybody played well.”
Everybody includes the singles contingent comprised of No. 1 Shelby Carter, No. 2 Kate Smith and No. 3 Liza Duerholz.
“All three girls controlled the points,” the coach said of the win over the Vikings.
The doubles teams were almost as good. No. 2 Maddie Everett and Anna Lyons were not only almost as good, they were just as good or better. They beat Central’s Lauren Hood and Kathryn Orlando 6-0, 6-0.
“Maddy and Anna dominated at the top doubles spot,” Dragotta said.
No.3 Alexa Makoul and Reshma Beraj had a more challenging match with the Vikes’ Anna Ferrel and Kylie Heinze, requiring three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Meanwhile, No. 4 Ashlyn Phy and Natalie Marks won their match in straight sets and the team of Ava Saab and Karishma Beraj won easily in No. 1 action.
The EPC Championships are slated for Sept. 29 with district competition taking place the next week.