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September 10, 2012

Seals topple Green Dragons

By Brian Holtzapple

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- The Lewisburg girls tennis team has taken more than its share of lumps so far this season.

Well, on Monday, the Selinsgrove Seals added a few more to the young Green Dragons' collection.

Selinsgrove won each singles match in straight sets, as well as No. 1 doubles, to defeat Lewisburg 4-1 in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division I matchup.

Seals' coach Duke Fravel wanted his girls to finish the first half of the season strong, and to also begin the second half the same way.

With the victory Selinsgrove's record is 3-4. A win over Shikellamy at home on Wednesday would get the Seals back to .500. Although there's seven matches left in the season, at least a .500 record is needed to qualify for the District 4 team tournament.

"I wanted to end the first half of the season on a positive note and head into the second half strong, and I think we're going to do that," said Fravel. "I think we showed that we can get out there and play.

"(The win) is a going to be a confidence booster. We've been trying all season to get some confidence, and this will help us get there," added the Seals' coach.

Despite the loss for Lewisburg (1-7), the Green Dragons are young and they will learn from matches like Monday's, according to coach Matt Barr.

"It's been a tough season so far, but we're learning and the girls are still staying positive," Barr said. "We're excited to get through the second half of the season and see some of those teams who we had some of the closer matches with, and see if we can't make something happen.

"The girls knew it was going to be a tough season, but they haven't quit yet," added the Green Dragons' coach.

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