EHS tennis closes L-L season with 7-0 victory

By on October 5, 2011

By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor, Staff Writer

The Ephrata girls tennis team closed out its second-straight eight-win season in style Friday afternoon at Lebanon.

The Lady Mounts, who went 8-6 a year ago, finished strong with a 7-0 shutout victory over the host Cedars.

Emily Epler, Macy Smith, Taylor Ream and Abby Smith all posted straight-set victories in singles play. Cassandra Enck and Brittany Smith earned an 8-0 shutout in the number one doubles match while Ream and Macy Smith did the same at two with an 8-0 victory. Kylie Johnston and Laura Kramer added the final win in the third doubles match.

"We were trying to shoot for 10 wins this year and the match that would have made the difference was CV (last week) and we lost 4-3," Ephrata Coach Mike Garman said. "That was one that I think a couple things here and there we could have won but unfortunately that didn’t happen."

"The nice thing is, my first year we won two matches," Garman continued. "Then we won six the next season, and then last year we were 8-6 and we were 8-5 this year. Having two winning seasons back to back has been real nice for them. They’ve done a real good job."

Garman said the key to his teams’ continued success is his girls are putting in time in the off-season.

"That’s the difference. They are working at it," he said. "Emily Epler has done that, Brittany Smith has done that and Cassandra Enck has done that, along with Macy Smith. They’ve all done that otherwise they wouldn’t have improved. Our season is so short, when you come into tennis, in a six-to-seven week period you can’t take a person and transcend them into a great tennis player. It just doesn’t happen. It’s got to be done with lessons and putting time into it. Because they’ve done that they’ve had a lot of success."

"It’s a tribute to the kids," he continued. ‘It’s been a good group. They have done very well in terms of being able to get along and supporting one another."

In addition to Friday, Ephrata also was in action last Wednesday where the Lady Mounts earned a 6-1 victory over Elizabethtown.

Epler, Enck, Brittany Smith and Macy Smith all were victorious in singles play. Ephrata added a pair of doubles wins to complete the team victory.

Ephrata will now get ready for the L-L League Tournament which is set to begin Thursday. Epler (9-4 on the year) will play in Flight One while Enck (7-5) is set to compete in Flight Two.

Brittany Smith (11-1), who lost just one match all year, will play in Flight Three while Macy Smith (7-4) will compete in Flight Four. Epler and Brittany Smith will also play in the doubles competition.

Cocalico also closed its regular season this past week, going 1-2 to finish things out.

The Lady Eagles’ lone win of the week came Friday at Garden Spot in a 6-1 decision over the Spartans.

Ally Witmer, Courtney Murphy and Jill Eiding all were winners in singles play while Cocalico swept all three doubles matches to close things out. Witmer and Natalie Sukanick teamed for a victory in the number one match while Eiding and Lauren Waskowicz captured a win in the second doubles match. Jane Volynets and Ali Stafford added a win in the final doubles match.

Last Wednesday, Cocalico dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Elco. Murphy and Sydney Brandt both captured singles wins for the Lady Eagles. Brandt and Stafford added a victory in the final doubles match.

Monday afternoon, the Lady Eagles closed the regular season with a 5-2 loss to L-S.

Murphy was the lone singles winner for Cocalico while Brandt and Stafford teamed for a doubles victory.

Witmer (Flight One), Sukanick (Flight Two) and Murphy (Flight Three) will compete in the singles portion of the League Tournament. Cocalico will also enter three doubles teams. Witmer and Sukanick will compete in Flight One, Waskowicz and Eiding will team up in Flight Two, and the tandem of Brand and Stafford are set to go in Flight Three. More TENNIS, page B-6

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