Monyak & Reddinger earn District IX title; Wolfe & Wasicki also compete for Punxsy
DUBOIS — The Punxsy girls' tennis squad took two teams to the District IX doubles championship tournament Tuesday in DuBois, and each team saw success, including a District IX championship for Punxsy's No. 1 doubles pair of Anna Monyak and Shaina Reddinger.
"Everything clicked for Anna and Shaina," Punxsy head coach Rose Graffius said Tuesday night after the victory. "They basically dominated the entire match."
Punxsy's other doubles pair, Searra Wasicki and Lauren Wolfe, earned a first round victory before losing a closely contended match to the Lady Beavers No. 1 pair that finished runner-up in the tournament.
"Both doubles teams played top-notch tennis today," Graffius said. "Searra and Lauren played a nice, steady first set in their first round match against Bradford."
In the opening round, Monyak and Reddinger earned a bye, but Wolfe and Wasicki defeated Amina Sosic and Sara James of Bradford 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) to advance.
"Both girls played well at the net," Graffius said of Wolfe and Wasicki. "They had good serves and communicated well."
In the second round, Monyak and Reddinger faced off against DuBois' No. 2 doubles squad, Emma Stafford and Kristina Torretti.
Punxsy advanced to the championship match with an impressive 6-2, 6-0 victory.
"Both Anna and Shaina were fierce competitors at the net," Graffius said. "They moved around the court quickly to get to the ball, and they used strategy and placed their shots were they could win the point. Their serves were also good."
In the other semi-final, Wolfe and Wasicki faced off against DuBois' No. 1 doubles pair of Jenny Reese and Alexis DeNapoli.
Though the Punxsy pair battled hard, Wolfe and Wasicki fell to the DuBois team 3-6, 1-6, matching the two No. 1 pairs against each other for the championship.
"In their second round, Searra and Lauren played a higher-seeded team, but the girls were not intimidated," Graffius said. "Many of their games went to deuce multiple times. They played hard in their second match and did a great job for their first time at D-IX championship competition."
Monyak and Reddinger rolled to a 6-2 victory in the first set, but the Lady Beavers' pair bounced back in the second to earn a 7-6 (9-7) win and force a final deciding set.
Punxsy's duo battled their way to victory with a 6-4 third set, clinching the district title.
"Both girls wanted the win and worked hard to defeat a tough DuBois No. 1 doubles opponent to earn the championship title," Graffius said.
With the win, Monyak and Reddinger have earned the right to play in the PIAA State Doubles Championship in Hershey Nov. 4 and 5.
In the meantime, the Lady Chucks hope to earn another victory over DuBois in the District IX Team Championship next week.