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October 13, 2012

Bartol reaches quarterfinals before bowing out

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"I've had Tiara all four years and I've seen her improve, and I think it was a real nice tournament for her. Tiara was happy, but of course she wanted to finish it off and she wanted to go to Monday yet and see what happened.

"It didn't quite work out, but I'm still really happy with her performance," added Hoffman.

Other girls from the area to make it to the second round included Milton's duo of Megan Rudloff and Dana Kyle.

However, unforced errors have a habit of making a player's stay in the district tournament a short one, and it was true for the Black Panthers.

In the first round Kyle beat Montgomery's Kiana Gough, 6-4, 7-5; and Rudloff defeated Montgomery's Ashlea Lovell, 6-0, 6-3.

But in round two Kyle lost to McCabe, 6-0, 6-0; and Rudloff battled Hughesville's Kaylora Thompson before she eventually fell by a 6-4, 6-1 score.

"I thought in the first round both Dana and Megan played well and they played their games," said Milton coach Aaron Slusser. "Hughesville played very well and they didn't make mistakes, and they played to their strengths.

"Unforced errors hurt us in the second round."

Case in point: after splitting the first two games of the second set against Thompson, Rudloff lost a long deuce game and then got her serve broken as the Spartan made quick work of the Black Panther.

"When you drop a long game and then lose the next one, Megan tightened up on her swing and she missed some shots," said Slusser. "Both girls made it to the second round, and they lasted longer than most girls today."

Advancing to Monday's semifinals, which are held at 2 p.m. at the West Branch Racquet Club, are top-seeded sisters Pam and Emily Niditch from Loyalsock, plus Hughesville's McCabe and Thompson.

The top two finishers advance to the PIAA Championships held Nov. 2 and 3 at Hershey Racquet Club.

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