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HS TENNIS: Scranton Prep Opens PIAA Playoffs Today

October 26, 2018 GMT

Scranton Prep looks to keep riding its wave of emotion after a couple of dramatic victories right into the first round of the state playoffs. Today, the Classics, winners of 10 straight District 2 Class 2A championships, will play Knoch High School, the runner-up from District 7, in a Class 2A quarterfinal match scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Hershey Racquet Club. “We have been very fortunate and we are one team that just doesn’t stop,” said Scranton Prep’s Megan McDonald, her team’s No. 1 singles player. “We keep going and keep believing no matter what. Our first match to get into states and then to get to Hershey, it’s been stressful, but we have come through. “We know we are there for each other. I think we are excited and we are ready.” Scranton Prep (17-1) won the district championship with a hard-fought wins by Carly Habeeb over Holy Cross’ Lauren Palmiter at No. 2 singles and McDonald against Caroline Cadden at No. 1. Then, in the first round of the state playoffs, the Classics got a win from Camilla Rinaldi at No. 3 singles and swept the doubles matches to overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic, 3-2, Tuesday afternoon at Birchwood Tennis & Fitness Center. Julia Horchos and Madison Tratthen teamed to win at No. 1 doubles and Stephanie Carolan and Claire Kelly clinched the win at No. 2 doubles. Knoch lost its rematch with traditional state-power Sewickley Academy in the District 7 final two weeks ago. Laura Greb, the District 7 Class 2A singles champion, earned Knoch’s only win against Sewickley, beating Evelyn Safar, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. The Knights came right back with a convincing 5-0 win over Westmont Hilltop in the first round of the state tournament. All five wins were in straight sets, led by Greb who defeated Alyssa Kush, 6-2, 6-3. Knoch also got wins from Brooke Bauer over Lindsey Pullin, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles, and Emma West over Abby Majercski, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. Knoch’s doubles teams of Libby Conlon-Alex Jaksec and Brianna Walchesky-Jadyn Brown were also victorious. The winner advances to the semifinals and will face the winner of the Villa Maria-Wyomissing match. Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter