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Tribe Tennis Finishes with Winning Record
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-10-13

            A strong showing by all four doubles teams and at No. 2 singles sparked a successful season by Upper Perkiomen's girls tennis team. Head coach John Williamson called it the best season in recent memory.  "I'm pretty happy with how things worked out," he said.

Upper Perk senior tennis players were honored at their final home game of the season

on Oct. 8.  Left to right, Elyssa Sledgen, M'Lynn Poulson, Emma Jago, Liz Greczek,

Casidy Bush, and Sara Andrasel.

            The Indians capped their dual meet schedule with more wins than losses. They posted an overall record of 9-6 and a 6-5 record in the competitive Pioneer Athletic Conference for the first time in several years.  "I'm really pleased with the way we played," Williamson said. "We won some matches we usually lose. I'm proud of the work the girls put in to make it happen."

            Williamson credited the performances of Maddy Dyer and all four doubles teams for the impressive finish. He highlighted the play of the Tribe's top two doubles teams. M'Lynn Poulson and Liz Greczek, along with Emily Vogel and Cassidy Bush, will compete in the PAC Doubles Tournament on Friday at Perkiomen Valley High School.

            Poulson and Greczek, a pair of senior classmates who have played together the last two seasons, will get one final chance to compete.  According to the coach, both understand what it takes to succeed as a duo.  "They work very well together," he said.

            The coach described a 5-2 victory over Pope John Paul II on Sept. 22 as the team's signature victory. The Indians swept all four doubles matches. The top two doubles teams each rallied after losing the first set. Both also posted tie-breaking victories in the decisive third sets.  "All four doubles teams were so strong and so consistent," Williamson said. "They won us matches or kept us in a lot of matches."

            On Oct, 8, in a 4-3 loss to Owen J. Roberts, the Tribe won three of the four doubles matches. At No. 2 doubles, Vogel and Bush lost only one game in a convincing victory over Carlee Bonanno and Alina Orgechowski.

            Addison Rennells and Emi Sensinger, the No. 3 team who finished with a 9-3  overall record, dropped only two games to Lauren Koster and Caroline Aldred. At No. 4 doubles, Alayna Phillips and Jada Leidy needed three sets, including a first-set tiebreaker victory to defeat Ava Sellers and Faith Turnbull 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2.

            One day earlier, the Indians defeated Christopher Dock 6-1. Dyer and Sara Andrasak won at singles. They also swept the doubles matches. The top team of Poulson and Greczek posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Meg Reed and Ana Gallego.

            At No. 2, Vogel and Bush lost only one game in a straight set win over Emily O'Rourke and Cindy Tong. The duos of Addison Rennells and Emi Sensinger, along with Alayna Phillips and Jada Leidy won by forfeit.

            Dyer, a junior, finished 7-3 in the PAC and 11-3 overall. According to the coach, her consistency has improved and she has figured out when to charge the net.  "Maddy has learned to stay calm, and she knows how to finish," Williamson said. "She has the perfect mentality. She tends to win all of her close matches."

            At. No. 1 singles, Hope Thompson also made significant strides despite posting fewer victories. According to the coach, she has developed the ability to keep the ball in play.

            "Hope has become a pretty good player," Williamson said. "She's fundamentally very solid."


 

 

 

 

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