By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- After suffering two losses to Montoursville's Nicole Payne during the regular season, Shikellamy senior Tiara Bartol got her revenge when it mattered most.
Bartol defeated Payne in straight sets in the second round of Saturday's District 4 Singles Tournament, but her resulting high from the win quickly plunged along with the blustery late-day temperatures.
Bartol's afternoon ended in the quarterfinals as she fell to No. 3-seeded Kelsey McCabe of Hughesville, 6-2, 6-1, at Williamsport High School.
"I'm very proud of Tiara. She had a really good tournament," said Shikellamy coach Mindy Hoffman. "I think she did better than what was expected of her.
"Tiara looked good all day. She just went after everything, and even when she got down a little she just gathered herself and picked things right back up," added Hoffman.
Following her first-round victory over Danville's Katharine Baum, 6-3, 6-2; Bartol faced the sixth-seeded Payne, who handed the Brave a three-set loss early in the season, and more recently a 6-3, 6-1 defeat a little more than a week ago.
Bartol opened with a 6-4 win in the first set against Payne, but the Warrior took an early lead in the second set by winning the first two games.
However, Bartol reeled off five straight wins to take control of the set before closing it out with a 6-3 victory.
Against McCabe in the quarters, Bartol couldn't get her game going and she fell quickly. A number of unforced errors led to Bartol's downfall.
"That was a big win for her against Payne, and I think there was a little bit of a letdown (in the quarters). I think that was such a big win for her it was hard to get back up for McCabe, and McCabe had a very similar game to (Payne)," said Hoffman.