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Description: Upper Dublin's Kristy Heyser and Jenn Rodes may be good singles players, but as a doubles team they were unbeatable Wednesday at the District 1 tournament at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in

Heyser, Rodes Gain Third Round In District Doubles The Upper Dublin Duo Will Take On A Pair From Conestoga In Today's Match At Gulph Mills.

Upper Dublin's Kristy Heyser and Jenn Rodes may be good singles players, but as a doubles team they were unbeatable Wednesday at the District 1 tournament at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center in Manayunk.

In the first round, they downed Wissahickon's Tracey Buchholz and Emmy Song, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). They went on to drop the Council Rock team of Karen Niwinski and Blake Miller, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Heyser and Rodes will play a third-round match against Laura Snee and Liz Agar from Conestoga today at Gulph Mills Racquet Club.

The Cardinals were losing to Buchholz and Song in the second-set tiebreaker, 5-1, but rallied to win.

``Our girls caught up and passed them,'' Upper Dublin coach Loretta McHugh said. ``It was great tennis on everyone's part.''

McHugh knew her team was capable of getting past Buchholz and Song because the Cardinals met them during the regular season. Council Rock was a different story.

``I wasn't sure about the caliber of play of Council Rock because we hadn't played them,'' McHugh said, ``but I knew [Heyser and Rodes] would have to play very well to beat them. They always have great talent.''

``They have to play the best they've ever played in their lives,'' she said. ``But they're upbeat, positive thinkers, and they're determined. They're both undefeated singles players - so they're 13-0 - and they're better doubles players. The kids are riding high, so maybe they can do well.''

HAIL TO THE CHIEFS. In all eight Catholic Academies matches this year, Mount St. Joseph shut out the opposition, 5-0. The result was no different Tuesday when the Chiefs beat Merion Mercy at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 5-0, to win the team championship. It was Mount St. Joseph's 13th title in the last 14 years.

At No. 1 singles, Sarah McLaughlin defeated Colleen Ruane, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1. Molly Daymont followed at No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Cheryl Cox. Stephanie Gyetvan ended the singles sweep at No. 3 with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Cristin Meehan.

In doubles, Amy O'Rourke and Maricel Vivas beat Lauren Brisbin and Kerry Rodgers, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 1. Lauren Quinn and Rachel Bernard finished with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Lauren Scalpato and Katie Murphy.

``I'd say they were our toughest competition [this season] in that the matches were close,'' Chiefs coach Karen Liney said. ``You look at them on paper and they don't look close, but they were good.

``This was really a great team. They really worked well together. They practice hard, and when it came time for the big points, they were able to execute and pull them out.''

GHOSTS LOOK FOR TEAM TITLE. With the defeat of her doubles entry in the District 1 tournament Wednesday, Abington coach Dottie Borkowski is looking forward to the District 1 Class AAA team tournament.

At the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center, the Galloping Ghosts' No. 1 singles player Lydia Thomas and No. 3 singles player Amy Rosen lost in the first round to Niwinski and Miller of Council Rock, 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-2.

``It's the old story,'' Borkowski said. ``You get singles players playing doubles and they went up against a real doubles team. That was Council Rock's first doubles team. After a real shaky start, they just closed the match out with a great intensity.''

Abington (12-3) began its hunt for the District 1 team title yesterday by blasting Cheltenham, 7-0. The Ghosts are the third seed in the tournament.

``That's really very important to me,'' Borkowski said of the team tournament. ``The team concept, you're talking about 12 kids who get to do what they've done together all year long. It's just a more thrilling concept to me.

``I can't get too excited about these individual things. In August, we felt there wasn't much hope. We thought it was going to be a classic rebuilding year. But with the consistent, hard-working group we have coming back, it all just came together.''






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