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Briegel and Yurconic capture District Gold in Girls Tennis

Family tradition and a Three-peat. All part of the District Xi Tennis Singles championships on Thursday afternoon at Parkland High School. All eyes on this day were focused on Paraskevi Briegel of Stroudsburg High School, who was vying for her third straight 3A singles title and she did not disappoint.

Briegel brought her “A” game to the title match against Parkland junior Erin Joo, jumping quickly out to a 5-1 first set advantage behind her solid serving and ground strokes. After winning the first set 6-1, Joo closed to within 3-4 but Briegel was to strong once again and she went on to win 6-1 6-3.

After winning her third consecutive District Xi singles titles, Briegel, who will stay close to home and play Division 1 tennis at Lafayette College, will now focus on the PIAA state tournament which gets underway during the first week of November.

On the 2A side of things, It was an all-East Penn Conference Championship featuring Senior Sabrina Yurconic of Central Catholic and Cara Magliochetti of Bethlehem Catholic. These two players very familiar with one another having faced off in the EPC title match last week, won by Yurconic.

The first set went back and fourth with the players tied at 3 games a piece. But It was Yurconic who took advantage of some unforced errors by Magliochetti to close out the first set 6-4. Down 1-2 in the second set, Yurconic found some rhythm and won 5 straight games to finish off Magliochetti and win the District Xi 2A Singles title 6-4 6-2.

For Yurconic, who will move on to the State tournament in November, she joins some very familiar company. Her singles title puts the name Yurconic on another trophy, as she joins a host of family members who also captured District Gold.

Her father John won the singles title in 1985 while her brother John took home District Gold in 2017 and a state doubles crown with Mason Groff. If that name sounds familiar it should, he is the cousin of the Yurconics’ and son of Monica Yurconic-Groff, Sabrina;s aunt. She won the singles crown back in 1986.

It’s all in the family for the Yurconics which featured a great scene at the end of the match as Sabrina shared a big hug with her father John.

Still to be played in the coming weeks are the District XI Team Tennis Championships to go along with the Doubles Championships.

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