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Girls Tennis: Beaver finishes one of strongest seasons in recent WPIAL Class AA history

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Beaver Area may have been absent from the PIAA Class AA team playoffs for four years, but the Bobcats made up for lost time as they accomplished something few WPIAL teams have ever done.

On Saturday, Beaver pulled off an upset when its three singles players, Anne Taylor, Moriah Bridges and Devyn Campbell, all won their matches to lead the team to a 3-2 victory over District 1 champion Lower Moreland and earn a spot in the PIAA Class AA championship match. Though the Bobcats lost, 4-1, to four-time champion Mercyhurst Prep, they were the first WPIAL team to qualify for the team finals since Sewickley Academy won it all in 2011 and just the fifth since the it was added in 2000.

Beaver will get an opportunity for a few more medals this weekend when Taylor competes in the PIAA Class AA singles tournament and Bridges and Campbell team up for the state doubles finals Friday and Saturday at Hershey Racquet Club.

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Girls Tennis: West Feature Athlete – Beaver Area junior Anne Taylor

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Name: Anne Taylor
School: Beaver
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Won the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament after teaming with her sister Mattie to finish second in the 2014 PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. Was credited with the Bobcats only win in the PIAA Class AA team championship last weekend against Mercyhurst Prep. Will open the PIAA Class AA singles tournament Friday at noon with against the District 4 runner-up, senior Pam Niditch of Loyalsock.

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Girls Tennis: It's tough to single out Beaver's success

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Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver girls tennis team.

"There is no doubt singles are the strength of the Beaver Area girls tennis team.

Not only do the Bobcats have the reigning WPIAL Class AA champion in junior Anne Taylor, the No. 2 and No. 3 players, junior Moriah Bridges and freshman Devyn Campbell, teamed up to finish third in the WPIAL at the Class AA doubles tournament and earned a berth in the PIAA Class AA finals Nov. 6-7 at Hershey Racquet Club.

Before the three have to compete individually at the facility, they will get a preview when Beaver Area plays at 6:30 p.m. today in the PIAA Class AA team quarterfinals. Having three outstanding singles players is nothing to be scoffed at, but to win at the state level, a team needs to be able to fill out its roster and play competitively in the two doubles.

"Our doubles usually win and, when we played Quaker Valley [in a section match] we won both, so that's where your depth comes in," Beaver Area coach Riley Baker said. "As good as your players are up top, you're going to be playing teams that have good players up top, too, so sometimes it's your doubles that have to pull you through.""

 

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Girls Tennis: Beaver rolls in PIAA opener

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After a four year absence from the PIAA Class AA team playoffs, Beaver Area wasn’t about to get knocked out in the preliminary round.

On Tuesday, the Bobcats easily rolled to a 5-0 victory over District 9 champion St. Marys, at The Club in Monroeville. With the victory they will now have the opportunity to play on Friday at Hershey Racquet Club in the state quarterfinals.

And Beaver Area will have to wait a little while before it plays.