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.""