Ephrata girls upend Cocalico in opener

By on August 31, 2011

The host Ephrata girls tennis team opened the 2011 season successfully Monday afternoon at home, knocking off neighborhood rival Cocalico, 5-2 in the opener for both schools.

In the new four singles, three doubles format, Ephrata swept singles play to clinch the team victory. The Lady Mounts later added a win at number one doubles.

Individually for Ephrata, Emily Epler posted a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Cocalico number one Allison Witmer. Cassandra Enck followed at two with a 6-4, 6-0 decision over Natalie Sukanick, and Brittany Smith notched her first win of the year at three, defeating the Lady Eagles’ Sydney Brandt, 6-3, 6-3. Macy Smith then rounded out the singles sweep with a hard-fought 6-4, 2-6 (10-4) win over Jill Eiding.

Ephrata added a victory in the top doubles match as Epler and Brittany Smith were victorious over Witmer and Sukanick by a score of 8-3.

Cocalico’s lone two wins came in the remaining two doubles matches. Eiding and Lauren Waskowicz knocked of Ephrata’s Macy Smith and Taylor Ream by an 8-3 score. And, the team of Courtney Murphy and Alli Stafford was victorious against the Ephrata tandem of Kylie Johnston and Abby Smith by an 8-2 count.

Tuesday afternoon at Elco, Ephrata suffered its first loss of the season in a non-league contest against the Raiders.

The teams split in singles play before the Raiders captured all three doubles matches to earn the win.

Brittany Smith and Macy Smith were singles winners for Ephrata.

Both local squads return to the court on Wednesday. Ephrata will host Garden Spot while Cocalico travels to Conestoga Valley.

Both matches begin at 4 p.m.

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