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Girls Tennis: Beaver Area trio unable to match team success at states

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Beaver had high hopes when it sent three players to the PIAA Class AA individual tennis finals last weekend at Hershey Racquet Club.

 

After all, the Bobcats had the reigning WPIAL Class AA singles champion in Anne Taylor and the third-place doubles team in junior Moriah Bridges and freshman Devyn Campbell. Unfortunately their District 7 success did not translate into big things at the state level.

 

Taylor, who played in the PIAA doubles championship match last year, drew Loyalsock senior Pam Niditch, the District 4 runner-up and a 2014 state qualifier, in the first round. The Beaver junior didn’t have any luck as she dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision.

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Girls Tennis: Beaver's Taylor faces daunting task

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Keith Barnes profiles Beaver tennis player Anne Taylor.

"Anne Taylor has played in big matches in Hershey before.

As a Beaver Area sophomore in 2014, she teamed with her sister Mattie and made it all the way to the PIAA Class AA doubles final before losing, 6-2, 6-0, to Lauren Petrella and Cait Schultz of Mercyhurst Prep in the championship match.

It might seem like losing a final is, inherently, a bad thing, but for a WPIAL doubles team to make it that far in this classification is truly rare. Since Class AA was added in 1998, only six WPIAL tandems have made it to the finals and just twice, in 2007 with Chartiers Houston sisters Karli and Tanya Timko and in 2011 with Logan Antill and Caroline Ross of Sewickley Academy, did it result in a PIAA Class AA championship.

Now, though, Taylor will walk into a true lion's den when the state tournament opens today at Hershey Racquet Club. As the reigning WPIAL Class AA singles champion, she will attempt to become the first player from the WPIAL to win a state championship since Quaker Valley's Annie Houghton pulled it off in 2004."

 

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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.