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GIRLS TENNIS ROUNDUP: Hanover Area, Dallas, Riverside hand opponents first league losses

Karlee Yuscavage pulled out a three-set win at second singles and the first doubles team of Maggie Murphy and Brenna Slusser locked up a point by winning the second set in a tiebreaker Tuesday as Hanover Area posted its first victory and handed Hazleton Area its first Wyoming Valley Conference girls tennis loss.

Ally Richards won the other point for the Hawkeyes with a 6-1, 6-4 victory Jasmine Van Camp at first singles.

The win was the first by Hanover Area since 2007 in the annual series.

Hanover Area started the day at 0-3. Hazleton Area, which had just moved into the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams as the No. 6 Big School team with a 3-0 conference start, dropped to 3-1 in the WVC and 3-2 overall.

Richards defeated Emily Prokopivich, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, at second singles.

The matches were close throughout.

Hazleton Area’s Nanci Major defeated Madison Elick, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, at third singles.

Murphy-Slusser defeated Jenna Harmonosky-Katy Harmonosky, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Hanover Area came up with the team win despite forfeit the second doubles spot.

The list of WVC unbeatens was trimmed from four to two with Dallas also handing Holy Redeemer its first loss, 4-1.

Dallas swept doubles in straight sets and won everything but number-one singles while joining Holy Redeemer among the teams tied for third in the standings at 3-1.

Wally Flynn, Dani Konnick and the doubles teams of Janet Federici-Danielle Blessner and Gabby Randazzo-Alana Gilchrist won for Dallas.

Carissa Benderavich won for Holy Redeemer.

Wyoming Seminary leads the WVC at 5-0 after defeating Wyoming Area, 5-0.

Tunkhannock is the other WVC unbeaten at 2-0.

Ilana Rosenthal and Ella Krypel, the top two singles players, plus the Wyoming Seminary doubles teams of Dominica Delayo-Samantha Casey and Victoria Smulowitz-Bridget Dowd all won, 6-0, 6-0. Margaret Mihalick also won in straight sets.

Abington Heights, Scranton Prep and Riverside remained unbeaten in the Lackawanna League.

While the other two got there by 5-0 scores, Riverside edged Wallenpaupack, 3-2, in a meeting of unbeaten teams.

Riverside followed its routine of sweeping singles in dominant fashion with Karissa Ghigiarelli, Madeline DeFaber-Schumacher and Bella Aniska combining to lose just one game in six sets.

The doubles teams of Abby Schroder-Sara Katz and Lili Elgayar-Sara Niem won for Wallenpaupack.

Bella Peters won, 6-0, 6-0, at first singles for Abington Heights in its victory over Honesdale.

The Comets lost just 2 games in 6 singles sets and 9 games in 10 sets total.

Rina Hanumali, Susan Arp, Faith Bennett-Hanna Adonizio and Elina Joshi-Bernie Mullin had the other wins.

Scranton Prep defeated Dunmore with its singles players, Alyssa Wigley, Annie Johnson and Leelah Farrell, all winning, 6-0, 6-0.

Ella Cohen-Gisele Falzone won, 6-1, 6-0, at first doubles and the second doubles match was a forfeit.

In other Lackawanna matches: West Scranton defeated Scranton, 4-1, North Pocono shut out Holy Cross, 5-0; Valley View defeated Western Wayne, 4-1; and Delaware Valley shut out Montrose, 5-0.

West Scranton won all but first singles, which was decided by a third-set tiebreaker, to beat its city rival.

Camilla Sphabixay-Gianna Tallo won, 6-0, 6-0, at first doubles.

Madison Maloney, Mia Butka and Molly Donovan-Celia Emiliani won for the Lady Invaders.

Scranton’s Maia Philbin defeated Gabrielle Chantiloupe, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 8-6.

North Pocono, the No. 2 Big School, won a meeting of ranked schools over Holy Cross, which is No. 5 among Small Schools.

In other WVC matches: Crestwood shut out MMI Prep, 5-0, and Pittston Area blanked Wilkes-Barre Area, 5-0.

Crestwood won all but eight games in eight sets and picked up a forfeit at third singles.

Hannah Ziegler, Megan McLaughlin, Olivia Richards-Sydney Bruno and Madison Van Gorden-Samantha Olszyk had the wins.

Second singles player Quinn Carden and the doubles teams of Katie Koss-Jacy Van Osdel and Laura Farber-Ayla Krieger won in straight sets for Pittston Area.

The Lady Patriots received a forfeit at third singles and got a 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 win from Megan Kapacs over Trinity Hull at first singles.

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