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Successful tennis season ends with losses

October 17. 2013 9:52AM
TOM ROBINSON For The Dallas Post

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Dallas had a successful girls tennis season come to a close with semifinal losses in the District 2 Class AA doubles and team tournaments.

Grace Schaub and Kajel Patel followed up, reaching the doubles semifinals with two upset victories of seeded opponents by winning in singles to provide two of the points that helped Dallas into the team semifinals with a 3-2 victory over Holy Redeemer Oct. 11.

Wyoming Seminary ended the Dallas season with a 3-0 semifinal victory Tuesday afternoon before falling to Scranton Prep, 3-1, in a championship round battle of unbeatens later in the day at Kirby Park.

Four of the five Dallas-Holy Redeemer matches either went to the third set or had one of the two sets go at least 7-5.

Schaub downed Emily Kabalka, 6-2, 7-5, and Patel rallied past Natalie Coffee, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, at second and third singles.

Lauren Butruce-Maddie Ross posted the only convincing victory, topping Angela Malinovitch-Hanna Thornton, 6-3, 6-3, at first doubles.

Patel was ahead of Wyoming Seminary’s Jacqui Meuser in the second set of third singles when the semifinal match was halted because the Blue Knights had enough points to clinch the win and advance. Patel had lost the first set, 6-4, but was ahead in the second, 4-1.

Wyoming Seminary secured its three points by losing only two games total in the first singles, second singles and second doubles matches.

Dallas and Holy Redeemer each went 11-2 to tie for second place behind Wyoming Seminary among eight teams in the Class AA Division of the Wyoming Valley Conference.

Schaub and Patel had won three district doubles matches to reach the semifinal where they fell to top-seed and eventual champion Emily Jonsson-Grace Reilly of Scranton Prep, 6-3, 6-0.

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