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Press photo by Katie McDonald Liberty's Paige Dolci serves at number three doubles against Pleasant Valley last Wednesday. Press photo by Katie McDonald Liberty's Paige Dolci serves at number three doubles against Pleasant Valley last Wednesday.

LHS girls win two wins

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes scored its first girls' tennis victory over Whitehall last week, 5-2, followed by a 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley the next day.

Liberty Coach Leo Schnalzer said, "It was nice to get our first win. The individual matches were closer, and I think the girls obviously felt good about it."

By the time the week was over, the Hurricanes had played four matches.

"I think it's too many. We don't get a lot of time to go over some things, but we got some singles wins which was nice because we struggled the first two matches," said Schnalzer.

Against Whitehall, Kaitlyn John and Samantha Peterson won their matches at number one singles, 6-1, 6-1 over Colleen Tobey, and at number two singles, 7-5, 6-2 over Brianna Bennicoff, respectively.

Peterson said, "She kind of hit higher shots, so it's hard to win the point, but then I got it in the second set."

Later in the match, John and Peterson teamed up at number one doubles to defeat Eliman Nazif and Tobey, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Other doubles winners for the Hurricanes against the Zephyrs were Kelsey Eagan and Lizzie Peters at number two, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2, and Allison Dobias and Claire Labanz at number four, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Labanz said, "We kind of just got it together. We always talk."

Dobias and Labanz also won their match against Pleasant Valley, 6-4, 6-1.

Dobias said, "We had confidence. She has good ground strokes, and I have good volleys, so it just works out well."

Also last week, the Freedom Patriots pulled out a 4-3 victory over Central Catholic, as all singles players won their matches for the Patriots.

Flannery Johnston defeated Linda Nguyen, 6-3, 6-1 at number one, Kaleigh DiNoto defeated Josie Airoldi, 6-4, 6-2 at number two, and Federica Maranzana defeated Jen Hildebrandt at number three singles, 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1.

Later, Johnston and DiNoto teamed up at number one doubles to defeat Airoldi and Nguyen, 6-1, 6-4.

Bethlehem Catholic scored a 6-1 victory over Allen last week as all of the Hawks' doubles teams won over the Canaries.

Alex Madison and Sophia Perez won 8-2 at number one doubles. Taylor Treadwell and Julia Atiyeh won 6-0, 6-0 at number two. At number three, Emily Hozza and Ally Setcavage prevailed 6-0, 6-0, and at number four, Haley Turnbach and Lauren Wells had a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

In singles play, Nina Kopy defeated Keri Hartz, 6-3, 6-3 at number one singles, and Allison Barczynski defeated Rebekah Garcia 6-1, 6-0 at number three singles.