October 12, 2013
Grace Schaub and Kajal Patel posted the two biggest upsets of the District 2 girls tennis doubles tournament in succession Tuesday, making the Dallas combination the only unseeded team in either classification to reach the semifinal round.
District 2 seeded 16 teams for the Class AAA and Class AA doubles tournaments. Of those seeded teams, 14 made the quarterfinals, with just the seventh and fourth seeds in Class AA falling short.
Schaub and Patel knocked out fourth-seeded Alex Cuddy-Megan Obeid of Wyoming Seminary, 6-0, 6-4, in the second of their three matches Tuesday. They followed that up with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Meghan McGraw and Emily Kabalka of Holy Redeemer.
For the opening day of the tournament at Kirby Park, Schaub and Patel lost just nine games in six sets while advancing through three rounds.
Schaub-Patel opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Veronica Siess-Taylir Evans. They each won their first match in District 2 Class AA singles before being eliminated.
“Communication was big,” Schaud told the Times Leader. “We started off pretty focused, and that’s what we needed to do.”
The other Dallas doubles team won a match before being eliminated.
Maddie Ross and Lauren Butruce defeated Julia Gober-Sam Williams of Wyoming Area, 6-1, 6-3.
Patel defeated Taylir Evans of Mid Valley, 6-1, 6-3 before losing to fifth-seeded Steph Pudish of MMI Prep, 6-2, 6-3.
Schaub defeated Vanessa Castillo of GAR, 6-1, 6-3, then was shut out by third-seeded Madison Nardone of Wyoming Semary, 6-0, 6-0.
Dallas was one of six teams to qualify for the District 2 Class AAA tournament. The Lady Mountaineers were scheduled to begin district team tournament play Friday as the fourth seed of six teams.