SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. – Both remaining Wyoming Valley Conference doubles teams bowed out of the District 2 semi-finals, setting an all-Lackawanna League final round.
Wyoming Seminary's Anita Ghosh and Madison Nardone fell to Valley View's Amber Jadus and Carly Young by a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 score. Scranton Prep's Kendra Croker and Grace Reilly sealed a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Holy Redeemer's Fallyn Boich and Nell Chmil.
No WVC doubles teams qualified for the Class 3A semi-finals.
Ghosh and Nardone – the tournament's second seed – battled back from two holes in a two-and-a-half hour match.
In the third set, Ghosh and Nardone found themselves on the brink of elimination in a 5-2 hole. After winning the next two sets, they had an advantage-point to force a 5-5 stalemate. Young, who just whiffed on a ball, scored three consecutive points to secure the match for Valley View.
"I knew that if they were able to drive the ball and come in, they would come back – and they did," Wyoming Seminary coach Allison Joanlanne said. "They started doing that. But then they got hesitant there and couldn't finish it off."
The Blue Knight duo won the first set handily 6-2 but faltered early on in the final two sets. They rebounded from a 5-3 deficit in the second to tie the game at five apiece, before Jadus and Young won the final two games.
"The Valley View girls were able to play the ball more consistently and get the ball deep," Joanlanne said. "My girls couldn't be aggressive enough at the net."
Ghosh and Nardone recently forged a doubles partnership for districts. Joanlanne commended their efforts despite not playing together throughout the regular season.
"Oh, I'm very proud of them," Joanlanne said. "They fought hard and did their best. I feel if they were able to practice more as a doubles team, they might have done better.
"The Valley View team was great. They got the ball back, they were consistent, and they were the better team today."
Croker and Reilly frustrated Boich and Chmil with a quick shutout in the first set. The Royal pair gathered themselves together in the second set to win two games against the tournament's top seed.
"I felt very intimidated," Boich said. "I let my frustration get the best of me. But in the second set, I picked up my game."
"We tried not to get down as best we could," Chmil added.
It marked the second consecutive year Boich and Chmil medaled in doubles and ultimately fell to the district championship-winning team in semi-finals. Croker-Reilly easily defeated Jadus-Young 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
"We were here to have fun," Boich said. "I couldn't have asked for a better doubles player. We work well together. It was just a fun experience."
Abington Heights' Allie Pusateri and Cierra Beck claimed the Class 3A crown.
Team Key: Abington Heights (AH); Holy Redeemer (HR); Jersey Shore (JS); Wyoming Seminary (SEM); Scranton Prep (SP); Valley View (VV); Williamsport (WIL)
District 2 Class 2A Doubles
Semi-finals: Kendra Croker-Grace Reilly (SP) def. Fallyn Boich-Nell Chmil (HR) 6-0, 6-2; Amber Jadus-Carly Young (VV) def. Anita Ghosh-Madison Nardone (SEM) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
Finals: Croker-Reilly def. Jadus-Young, 6-0, 6-1
District 2-4 Class 3A Doubles
Semi-finals: Maggie Manchester-Amanda Hampton (WIL) def. Katie Decker-Rachel Smertz (AH), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; Allie Pusateri-Cierra Beck (AH) def. Briane Brewer-Sara Donley (JS) 6-0, 6-0
Finals: Pusateri-Beck def. Manchester-Hamtpon 6-3, 6-1