GIRLS TENNIS: Dragons 4th in Tri-County tennis event; Maggi Hansen crowned champion

SHARON – In their very first appearance in the Girls Buhl Farm Tennis Invitational, the Lady Tennis Dragons scored a fourth-place finish in the field of nine District 10 teams.

Hickory won the event with 37 points followed by Greeneville with 23; Kennedy Catholic scored 18 points and the Dragons scored 17 points.

“This was a great event for our Dragons. Fourteen of our girls participated and scored enough points for a fourth-place finish,” said Warren coach Jeff Bartsch.

Starting the day in the third doubles event, the largest event with 31 doubles pairs, all three Dragon pairs entered were all successful in their opening rounds.

Senior Sarah Casey and partner freshman Rachel Cecco scored an impressive 8-0 win over Micsky and Watt of Kennedy Catholic. Junior Madeline Harding and freshman Morgan Lemmon defeated Stanley and Horner of Oil City by an 8-0 score. Seniors Sydney Ewing and Karly Taylor picked up an efficient 8-0 win over Wagner and Streczywic of Oil City. All three Dragon pairs fell in the second round.

Top singles player Cassie Johnson opened up her day with an 8-7 (7-3) win over Jackie Bradshaw of Sharon. Cassie fell to Marissa Works of Hickory in the second round. Playing in the second singles, senior Corie Eckman dropped a decision to Cameran Leary of Greenville to end her run.

In top doubles, the Dragon pair of Shoshanna Ochocki and Alexis Vavala dropped their opener to Marini and Holder of Greenville by a 8-3 count.

Senior Maggi Hansen had the day of her career, scoring three straight wins to win the Flight Three Championship. She defeated Lauren McGonigle, of Hickory, 8-1; Nikki McKown of Wilmington, 8-0; and in the finals she won a 10-6 championship match over Abby Lenhart of Kennedy Catholic.

“Maggi really came through today,” said Warren assistant coach John Parroccini. “She was steady, persistent and extremely mobile today. It was a great performance.”

Junior Phoebe Nelson won two matches in fourth singles to put her in the finals of the event. In her first round, Nelson defeated Lily Streczysilk of Oil City by an 8-0 score. Her next round was with Lauren Woods of Sharon in which the Dragon won by an 8-0 score. In the finals the Dragon played more experienced Erin Hunter of Hickory and dropped a 10-1 decision.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of Phoebe today,” said Bartsch. “As a junior, we will have her back again next season and we have high expectations for her. She has improved steadily over the past two months.”

Scoring Warren points were the junior doubles pair of Kim Parroccini and Megan Waterfield. In their opener, the Dragons defeated Steele and Foringer of Grove City 8-5.

In the semifinals, the Dragon team defeated Bianco and Testani of Hickory by an 8-2 score. In the finals, the Dragons dropped a 10-1 decision to a tough Greenville team of Faber and Gentile.

“This was an outstanding outing for our Dragons,” said Bartsch. “We have been preparing for this event the past four weeks. Our kids all played well today and we are optimistic about their future. We were just one point shy of finishing third in the event. We will use this event as a springboard.”