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."