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Press photo by Bob FordAndrew Sawarynski advanced to the district tournament after Monday’s qualifier. Press photo by Bob FordAndrew Sawarynski advanced to the district tournament after Monday’s qualifier.
Press photo by Steve AndresLiza Hozza made the quarterfinals of the district tournament after Monday. Press photo by Steve AndresLiza Hozza made the quarterfinals of the district tournament after Monday.

Tennis, golf postseason underway

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Scott Pagel spagel@tnonline.com in Sports

Postseason action is in full swing for both golf and tennis, and the Kids are well represented.

In tennis, Liz Hozza was seeded eighth in the District 11 singles tournament and through Monday had advanced to the quarterfinals, setting up a match with the top seed, Paraskevi Briegel from Parkland on Tuesday.

Hozza won her first match 6-0, 6-0 over Dieruff’s Lorelai Stuff and then met Evelyn Wang of Southern Lehigh where Hozza came out on top 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the quarters.

Unfortunately for Hozza, she fell to Briegel 6-1, 6-1, who would eventually move on to the finals to be played Thursday.

“She is an excellent player who chooses to work on her grades, chill with her friends and family and hold down a job rather than go all-in for her tennis game as many top players do,” head coach Kim Davis said about Hozza. “She is gracious with her time with the younger players on our team and serves as a positive role model. She will be very difficult to replace playing two seasons as our number-one player.”

Davis said Hozza finished her senior singles career (season and tournaments) with 14-5 record, losing to five top players (EPC Silver Medalist and EPC/D-11 #1 seed twice).

Rose Sharga also qualified but she dropped her opening set to Michelle Li of Southern Lehigh by scores of 6-0, 6-0.

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In golf, the Kids will have one more member of the team advance to the District 11 meet after Monday’s qualifier.

Andrew Sawarynski finished 18th after shooting an 87 at the par-72 Olde Homestead Golf Club on Monday morning. There were 54 players who were looking to move on to next week’s district meet.

Sawarynski will join teammates Nate Wheeler and Madison Salter, who both qualified for districts at the EPC meet held last week. Of course, Wheeler won the boys event shooting a 75 while Salter shot a 91 to finish third.

The golf team was mostly in a rebuilding year but did accomplish their goal of qualifying for the EPC tourney as a team - which they did. The Kids entered the tourney tied for 8th but jumped three teams and finished sixth.

“This means we defeated three teams that were ranked ahead of us or tied with us,” said head coach Brian Davies. “It was particularly sweet to defeat Stroudsburg, who beat us during the season.

“As for the team, we finished 11-5 and discovered a fantastic freshman girls golfer, Madison Salter. She finished tied for 2nd at EPC’s and will only improve over time. I believe she will have a shot at winning EPC’s in the future.”