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Parkland and Moravian Academy bring home District XI Team Tennis titles

Lehigh University played host to the District XI Team Tennis Championships on Thursday afternoon. The 2a title match featured Bethlehem Catholic , the number two seed and Top seed and defending champion Moravian Academy, while the 3a title match pitted number 3 Stroudsburg and top seed Parkland.

Both matches were very entertaining, but the 3a match lasted nearly three hours before a winner was decided and a match that came down to the wire. The singles matches were never in doubt, with District Xi 3-time singles champion Paraskevi Briegel of Stroudsburg breezing past Erin Joo of Parkland 6-0 6-2 at number one singles. The Trojans controlled it from there as Leah Zolotareva beat Emma Schomberg 6-2 6-2 at number two singles and Gigi Leonzi posted a 6-1 6-0 win over Rachel Traub at number three singles.

As Parkland went up 2-1 in the match, the Stroudsburg duo of Lana Marsh and Sophia Loomis beat Sophia Petrocelli and Sophie Elijovich 6-3 6-2 at number two doubles to make it 2-2 and put all eyes on the number one doubles match. This one was a battle all afternoon, lasting more than three hours. Anshika Gupta and Kaila Miles of Parkland dropped the first set to Alison Willis and Katie Hosko of Stroudsburg 6-7, only to battle back at take the second set also in a tiebreaker 7-6.

The third set was all Parkland 6-1 as Gupta and Miles took control and with that the Trojans captured their second District XI 3a title in three years.

In the 2a class, Moravian Academy battled Bethlehem Catholic, with the Lions looking for the Three-peat and that got just that winning 3-0. The Lions got wins at number 2 and three singles and number two doubles to close out the Golden Hawks.

Francesca Bartolacci beat Taylor Adams 6-1, 6-0 at number 2 singles, Jamilie Atiyeh posted a 6-3 6-3 win over Isabella Bautista at number three singles, while Sophie Brands and Grace Wright beat Maddie Lennert and Ava Burkart 7-6 6-0 at two doubles. Cara Magliochetti of Bethlehem Catholic was leading her match with Isabella Bartolacci at number one singles and Patty Superka and Grace Hartman of the Golden Hawks were leading Yan Yu and Kachan Gupta in the 3rd set. Both matches did not finish after Moravian Academy was declared the winner.

The Lions have now won three straight titles and 10 Championships in the last 14 years.

Both teams now move on to the PIAA tournament, with Parkland in action Tuesday at noon at Winning touch, while Moravian Academy will hit the road for their first round matchup and face District t2 champion Wyoming Seminary.

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