North Pocono girls prepping for a successful season
Finishing with an 11-3 regular season record last fall, North Pocono’s girls tennis team ended up in third place among the Lackawanna League AAA teams.
The local lasses trailed only Wallenpaupack Area and Abington Heights in the final standings.
Although the Lady Trojans struggled in team play and in singles action at the PIAA District Two championships, current senior Sarah Tofilska and junior Sarah Sposito teamed up to make it as far as the semi-finals, ultimately suffering a loss to the Cykosky sisters, Zoe and Phoebe, of Wallenpaupack.
With changes on the lower rungs this year, North Pocono hopes to capitalize on their experience and talent occupying the top of the ladder.
Ready to Go
“We’re bringing back our top two singles from last year,” stated Head Coach Liza Lewis.
“Another big strength is that we’re coming off a good season. The usual teams that are good every year are good this year so we’re hoping to do better but aiming for the same success.”
Players and coaches agree, AAA teams Abington and Paupack as well as AA Scranton Prep remain perennial problems for everyone else in the league.
While they did get beat by both Prep and Paupack in the regular season last fall, it was Valley View that cost them their other loss, not Abington.
Against the Lady Comets last autumn, the Lady Trojans were victorious, 4-1. Nevertheless, dismissing Abington Heights is just simply something that is never done.
“Other teams lost a lot of starters,” said senior Haley Zemek. “I think we have a good chance to improve on last season. We don’t have a lot of depth so we get a lot of playing time.”
Informally over the summer, many North Pocono players met up to work on skills during open court nights and several played on their own.
Several others assisted Coach Lewis with her Community Education Clinic held towards the end of June.
So far, playing and practicing during the off-season has paid off for the Lady Trojans. They are off to a 2-0 start after the first week of play.
At Scranton on August 22, North Pocono captured their initial win, 4-1.
First singles Tofilska won her match 6-2, 6-2. Sposito, playing second singles, claimed her match 6-1, 6-2. At third singles, Zemek won 6-2, 6-4.
Megan Carney and Devyn Davis battled hard but lost t7-5(3) and 7-5 in the 1st doubles match while Tiana Mackarey and Ashley Dunn won 6-2, 6-2 to take the second doubles match.
Two days later, North Pocono welcomed Montrose for an early season showdown..
The Lady Trojans proved to be less-than-gracious hosts in rolling to a 5-0 shutout in their home opener.
Tofilska won in two sets, 6-0, 6-2; Sposito claimed 6-1, 6-1 wins; and Zemek handled her matches 6-1. 6-4. Carney and Davis took the First doubles match 6-0, 6-0, and Mackarey teamed up with Clara Cicco in 2nd doubles to win 6-0, 7-5.
“Individually we all want to do well,” said Tofilska.
“I think we can win a lot of singles matches and then we have good doubles to help us out.
“We’ve been playing well and have gotten closer over the last year so I’d like to see us make it far in districts this season.”
Come September 5, the Lady Trojans will have five matches in the books.
That afternoon they visit Dunmore and then host Abington Heights on September 7. They are away at Honesdale on September 11 and Scranton Prep on September 13.
They close out the fourth week of league play on September 14 at home versus Western Wayne.
It should be smooth sailing from there on out until they close out the regular season with a September 28 road trip to Wallenpaupack Area.