The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 18, 2013

High school tennis: Selinsgrove beats Milton, eyes district tourney


"That's just how Sara plays. She's relentless and she doesn't lose easily," added the Seals coach. "She just tries to play hard all of the time, even if she's not a 100 percent."

Milton (4-8, 2-8), which was missing a couple of girls from its lineup Wednesday, must win all of its remaining matches to qualify for districts.

"It was a tough match all around. Selinsgrove always puts up a good fight," said Milton coach Aaron Slusser. "My No. 1 and No. 5 players were sitting today and it was something that we had to work though."

Despite the loss, the Black Panthers continue to show promise as they won both doubles matches in three sets.

At No. 1 doubles, Caylee Pinchak and Taylor Wolfe beat Olivia Fravel and Jess Kerstetter, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3; at No. 2 Brandi Gray and Maggie Wetzel beat Savanna Foor and Paige Hepner, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

"I'm proud of the girls who stepped up and played; everybody was playing in a different position. Selinsgrove swept us in singles but, I tell you what, we went down swinging," said Slusser. "Alaina Houtz is a fighter and she doesn't give up. This is her first year playing varsity singles and her first match against a No. 1. I was really proud of the way she played.

"Same thing with the other girls. In doubles, to bump a young team up to play No. 1 and for them to pull out a three-set match -- especially after losing the first set -- I got to give them credit," Slusser added. "Our record may not be the best right now, but the girls are not giving up. They did very well."

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