DuBOIS - Elk County Catholicâ€™s Maria Gismondi won the District 9-AA Singles Tennis Championship Wednesday as she defeated her teammate, Laira Reuscher, in the finals.
Gismondi won the championship by defeating Reuscher 6-4, 6-3 in the championship.
Gismondi reached the finals by defeating Anna Brinkley of Brockway 10-2 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Gismondi defeated St. Marys Areaâ€™s Amy Orr 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
Reuscher reached the finals by defeating Taylor Hepler of Brockway 10-2 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Reuscher defeated St. Marys Areaâ€™s Aubrey Wiesner 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
â€śThe best matches of the day were the two semifinals. They were phenomenal. Laira Reuscher came back from being down after losing the first set,â€ť said ECCHS coach Pete Meier.
â€śAnd the match between Maria (Gismondi) and Amy (Orr) was phenomenal. Both were three-setters,â€ť said Meier.
â€śThese two seniors (Gismondi and Reuscher) worked on their game since their freshman year and you knew this day was coming. Itâ€™s like playing against a mirror,â€ť said Meier.
St. Marys Areaâ€™s Orr reached the semifinals by defeating Johnsonburgâ€™s Josie Del Rio 10-0 in the quarterfinals. SMAâ€™s Wiesner advanced to the semifinals with a 10-0 win over Johnsonburgâ€™s Riley Fannin.
In the first set of the championship match, Gismondi took the early 1-0 lead. Reuscher battled back to tie the score at 1-1. Gismondi would slip out to a 4-2 lead only to see Reuscher come back to knot the score at 4-all. Gismondi won the last two points to win the set 6-4.
In the second set, Gismondi jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Reuscher would cut the score to 4-2 before Gismondi went up 5-2. Reuscher made the score 5-3 before Gismondi won the final point of the match by a 6-3 score.
â€śWeâ€™ll take both of them to Hershey,â€ť said Meier, referring to the PIAA Singles Tournament scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3 at the Hershey Racquet Club.
â€śThis is a good end to a good season,â€ť added Meier.
In Class AAA, Natalie Newcamp of DuBois Area defeated Punxsutawneyâ€™s Amber Ward 6-3, 6-2 for the title.
The results of Tuesdayâ€™s matches are as follow:
Amy Orr - St. Marys defeated Josie Del Rio - Johnsonburg, 10-0.
Maria Gismondi - ECC defeated Anna Brinkley - Brockway, 10-2.
Laira Reuscher - ECC defeated Taylor Hepler - Brockway, 10-2.
Aubrey Wiesner - St. Marys defeated Riley Fannin - Johnsonburg, 10-0.
Gismondi defeated Orr, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.
Reuscher defeated Wiesner, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Gismondi defeated Reuscher, 6-4, 6-3.
Lauren Wolfe - Punxsutawney defeated Montgomery Burgoon - Bradford, 10-0.
Kristen Adamson - DuBois Area defeated Nicole Henderson - Bradford 10-0.
Natalie Newcamp - DuBois Area defeated Lauren Wolfe, 6-1, 6-3.
Amber Ward - Punxsutawney defeated Kristen Adamson, 6-1, 6-2.
Newcamp defeated Ward, 6-3, 6-2.