With four freshmen in the starting lineup, it was supposed to be a bit of a rebuilding season for Beaver.
But the Bobcats rolled through Class AA Section 2 and earned the No. 4 seed in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.
After winning their first match against Fort Cherry, 3-2, the Bobcats lost a heartbreaker to Ellis School, 3-2, losing the No. 2 doubles match in a third-set tiebreaker.
“It was an unusual situation for us, since we had such a young team,” said Beaver coach Riley Baker. “… For a lot of teams, you would think we’d be a year or so away from competing, but we got great contributions from our freshmen.”
Moriah Bridges led the way in her first year in high school. She played No. 1 singles for Beaver, qualifying for the WPIAL tournament in singles and doubles after winning the section tournaments in both. She teamed with junior Mattie Taylor in doubles.
Beaver will only lose one player, doubles player Marissa Mamone, to graduation, so the Bobcats should be one of the Class AA favorites in the district next season.