By Marion Valanoski
For The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- There is no easy way to end the season, especially in defeat, and yet three area schools can take pleasure in the year-end performances their teams exhibited Tuesday in the opening round of the District 4 Team Tennis Championships held on the campus of Bloomsburg University that had all three head coaches pleased with their squads.
Selinsgrove, Danville and Milton all claimed first-round victories but could not find that magic in the quarterfinals and can only think about what a few more well-placed bounces might have contributed to extending their campaigns another week.
The Seals (10-8) opened the competition with a convincing 3-0 victory over Liberty as Liza Smith topped Savannah Alexyn in singles action, 6-3, 6-0, wile the doubles team of Savanna Foor and Laura Long easily topped Lauren Briggs and Savannah Dunlap, 6-0, 6-0, with Olivia Fravel and Jess Kerstette winning by forfeit earning the winners a berth opposite top-seeded and undefeated Bucktail.
Once again Selinsgrove dominated doubles action as the combination of Foor and Long beat their Bucks' counterparts Marissa Coleman and Alaina Tripp, 6-3, 6-4, and Kaetha Gentzyel and Emalea Mills could not make any headway against Fravel and Kerstetter dropping their matchup, 6-2, 6-1.
The Northern Tier champions displayed their mettle in singles play with Maria Morgan beating Moyer in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1, and Abby Ransom getting past Smith, 7-5, 6-0.
Selinsgrove's hopes of knocking the Bucks out of the competition and ranks of the undefeated came to the matchup between Brittany Auker and Mary Fecteau and it went own to the wire.
Auker won the first set 7-6 but was unable to capture that all-important next game and dropped the next two sets, 6-1, 6-3.
"My goal was to get here at the start of the season and to win at least one match was good for the girls," Seals' head coach Duke Fravel said. "We had some success and hopefully we can push on even further next year. I'm not surprised it came down to the last match but we had to win at least one in singles and just came up short, our players should be proud of their year and accomplishments."