North Pocono's girls varsity tennis team advances to D2 tourney

The North Pocono girls varsity tennis team recently wrapped up a solid regular season.

Following their 3-2 road win against Wallenpaupack Area on Sept. 28, the Lady Trojans closed out their scheduled matches with a 12-2 record.

This left them second behind 13-1 Abington Heights among Lackawanna League AAA teams.

That tally was good enough to earn the local lasses a fourth place seed at the District Two Class AAA team playoffs.

Hot Start

Tennis gets underway well before the first school bells of the year ring in the halls.

The Trojan ladies kicked things off on August 22 with a 4-1 victory at Scranton High School.

They shutout Montrose at home on August 24 and then posted 4-1 wins against Riverside, Mid-Valley, and Valley View all prior to Labor Day.

Rougher Road

One the term began, the Lady Trojans met with a few challenges, but still remained strong.

On Sept. 5, weather forced an early end to their match versus Dunmore, but the ladies racked up enough wins to take the afternoon 3-0. Unfortunately, their winning streak came to a halt when they tangled with Abington Heights.

The match against the Comets, while ending in a loss for North Pocono, was hard fought.

At first singles, Sarah Tofilska won her first set 6-3, then lost in a tiebreaker 6-7, but ultimately fell 4-6 in the third set.

Sarah Sposito lost 4-6 in the first set but then took the next set 6-0 and finally battled to a 7-5 win for the match victory.

Haley Zemek’s third singles match was the only one that did not go three sets, sadly she was defeated 6-0, 6-0.

Megan Carney and Devyn Davis took first doubles, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 but the second doubles duo of Tiana Mackarey and Ashley Dunn regrettably were beat 6-1, 4-6, 2-6.

“Despite the loss, this was probably our best match,” said Head Coach Liza Lewis.

“It was also our most disappointing match because the girls played to three sets in almost every match, and lost 3-2.”

The following week, the Trojan ladies bounced back with a 5-0 win at Honesdale on Sept. 11, but then had the tables turned on them by Scranton Prep shut them out two days later.

Sound Conclusion

The setback at the hands of the Classics would be the Lady Trojans' last.

Hosting Western Wayne and Holy Cross late in September, the NP ladies posted 3-2 wins against both the Lady’Cats and the Crusader women.

They wrapped up the last week of play with a 4-1 win at Delaware Valley. The local lasses followed that up with a shutout of West Scranton on Senior Night.

They then notched a 3-2 decision against Paupack the following afternoon.

“The season has gone very well so far,” Lewis said. “Our loss to Prep was 5-0, but we had good scores there too.

“Our team has experienced a lot of growth especially with the doubles and our third single, Haley Zemek, who had never played singles before this year.”

Stage Set

This year's edition of the District Two team tennis tournament was slated to begin this week.

North Pocono, the four seed, was scheduled to host Scranton High in the Class AAA quarterfinals. The tourney also functions as the 2017 District 2-4 sub-regional.

A win over the Knights would catapult the Lady Trojans into a semifinal battle with Hazleton Area. The Cougars are the top overall seed after finishing out their Wyoming Valley Conference campaign with a dazzling 13-0 record.

Also in the mix at the AAA level are: Abington Heights (3), Williamsport Area (2) and Pittston Area (6).

In Class AA action, Prep is the top seed, followed by Holy Redeemer and Wyoming Seminary.

Rounding out the bracket are: Holy Cross, Dallas, Tunkhannock, Western Wayne, Valley View, Wyoming Area and Mid Valley.