HERSHEY – Wyoming Seminary sophomore Nathalie Joanlanne made an impressive singles debut at the PIAA Class 2A girls tennis tournament Friday, advancing as far as the quarterfinals.
Joanlanne opened play with a morning match at Hershey Racquet Club against senior Anna Spoden of York Catholic, the third-place finisher from District 3.
In a match that stayed competitive throughout, Joanlanne prevailed 6-4, 7-5 to move on.
But next up for the Blue Knights standout was senior Spencer Caravaggio of Quaker Valley, the District 7 champion. Caravaggio is a four-time state qualifier in the singles draw and was the runner-up in the 2010 championships.
In her first-round match, Caravaggio lost just two games to advance to face Joanlanne. The Seminary sophomore dropped the first set 6-0, but gave the Quaker Valley senior a struggle in the second set before falling 6-4.
Caravaggio is battling a lingering shoulder injury that she has had for years and, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, wears a compression sleeve on her shoulder. Because of the injury, she serves underhand, which required Joanlanne to adjust her return of serve.
As the quality (of opponent) goes up, it is more difficult, Caravaggio said to the Tribune-Review. In the first set, (Joanlanne) didn't return well, but in the second, she returned very well. That put more pressure on me to return well.
It was Joanlanne's second trip to Hershey in as many years. Last season, she teamed with Sheena Syal to win the District 2 title and play in the state doubles tournament.
The Blue Knights duo reached the quarterfinals last season.
Wilkes dropped a tough 1-0 game by shootout to visiting Eastern in the Freedom Conference semifinals at the Ralston Athletic Complex.
Kate Mahoney finished the game with four saves in net for the Colonels.
Megan Lannigan scored a pair of goals as Misericordia defeated FDU-Florham in the Freedom Conference semifinals at Mangelsdorf Field.
Laura Roney, Sam Helmstetter, and Megan Antrim each added goals as well.
Andy Bush and Eric Kishbaugh connected for a pair of goals to lead Misericordia to a win over King's in the Freedom Conference semifinals at Mangelsdorf Field.
Mark Labbadia had five saves for King's.
Wilkes fell to DeSales in the Freedom Conference semifinals at Muhlenberg College by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-17.
Casey Bohan led Wilkes with 17 kills, five digs and one solo block, while Paige Trusty had 13 kills and two assists.
Setter Megan Powers had 32 assists and Erin Nothstein finished with 23 digs.
Misericordia's season came to an end with a loss to Eastern by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 25-19.
Shelby Brochetti led the Cougars with eight kills and Kat LaBrie added seven.