Ephrata netters open with pair of losses

By on August 30, 2017
Ephrata’s Kandice Liebl hits a forehand return during Monday’s match vs. Hempfield. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Ephrata’s Kandice Liebl hits a forehand return during Monday’s match vs. Hempfield. Photo by Missi Mortimer

The Ephrata girls tennis team started off it’s season last Wednesday with a tough 4-3 loss on the road at Manheim Central.

The host Barons clinched the team victory by taking three out of four in singles play.

The lone win in singles for Ephrata came at number three where Kandice Liebl defeated Janae Bright by a score of 7-6 (7-1), 6-1.

Ephrata did earn a pair of doubles victories on the day. At number one, Lauren Kachel and Grace Dalavai teamed for an 8-3 victory. While at number three, Katie Wenger and Mary Grace Long were victorious by an 8-1 decision.

In addition to Wednesday’s match, Ephrata opened Section One play Monday at home with a 7-0 loss to Hempfield.

Up next, Ephrata returns to action Wednesday on the road at Cedar Crest. The Lady Mounts are also at Annville-Cleona Friday before returning home to face Garden Spot next Tuesday.

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The Cocalico girls tennis team got the season off to a tough start this past week, dropping all three of its matches in the opening week.

Monday afternoon in the Section Two opener at Lancaster Catholic, the host Crusaders blanked the Lady Eagles by a 7-0 decision. Cocalico’s Angel Stricker did put up a battle at number four singles, dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision.

Cocalico opened the season last Wednesday, suffering a 5-2 non-league loss at home vs. Conestoga Valley.

The Lady Eagles’ Jacquie Lagaza was the top performer for the team, winning her number one singles match in straight sets with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. She also teamed with Cara DiCiano for an 8-5 win at number one doubles.

Cocalico also was on the road Friday afternoon at Governor Mifflin where the Lady Eagles dropped a 5-0 decision to the Mustangs.

The Lady Eagles return to the court Wednesday afternoon with a home match vs. Lampeter-Strasburg. They’ll also host Lancaster Country Day Friday before traveling to Manheim Central next Tuesday.

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