Sometimes, you just hate to receive a text message. Especially ones that deliver such sad news. Yesterday, which had been one of the more anticipated play dates in the Lackawanna League, had a dark shadow cast upon it. Reality finds a way to do that every so often. Scranton Prep senior, and my No. 1 ranked player, Gabi Jakubek learned the heartbreaking news that her father had died in the morning. Above all else, I send our condolences to the family and extend prayers to them all in this very difficult time. Gabi and Emilia are two of the most delightful young ladies I have ever met. I hope she can find strength and return to the courts when she is ready. Her teammates at Scranton Prep rallied behind her and won a hard-fought match with a talented team from Delaware Valley, but their hearts were heavy, as is mine.
On the court, the much anticipated showdown between Abington Heights and Wallenpaupack lived up to expectations, and set the stage for the District 2 Class AAA playoffs. The second-ranked Lady Comets came away with a hard-fought, 3-2, victory to remain undefeated.
Abington Heights got wins from No. 5 ranked Catherine Pusateri and Clare Della Valle at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, and the doubles team of Brooke Dennison-Macy Marturano had a win at No. 2 doubles.
Wallenpaupck’s wins came from No. 3 ranked Zoe Cykosky, who defeated No. 2 ranked Lauren Carroll, and the No. 1 doubles team of Kristen Denniston-Gina Nolan.
Both teams’ played outstanding tennis.
Abington Heights still has very important matches ahead against North Pocono on Sept. 12 and of course its yearly match against Scranton Prep on Sept. 28. Both of those matches will be played at home, so that will be a huge advantage moving forward. Wallenpaupack must play at Scranton Prep on Sept. 8 and at North Pocono in the season finale on Oct. 3..
Here are the official results of Abington Heights’ 3-2 win:
Singles: Zoe Cykosky (WAL) over Lauren Carroll, 6-0, 6-3; Catherine Pusateri (AH) over Phoebe Cykosky, 6-4, 7-5; Clare Della Valle (AH) over Heidi Washburn, 6-3, 7-6 (8).
Doubles: Kristin Denniston-Gina Nolan (WAL) over Savannah Blaum-Lauren Koczwara, 6-2, 6-4; Brooke Dennison-Macy Marturano (AH) over Briella Brice-Maria Drake, 6-4, 6-4.
Records: AH 3-0, WAL 3-1.
So, what does this mean?
Well, in the big picture, Abington Heights grabbed a leg up in the race for the No. 1 seed at the District 2 Class AAA tournament. But there is a lot of tennis to be played by both teams.
Now, I will not be updating my rankings until my Wednesday blog post next week. It would not be fair to change them after yesterday’s results, but suffice to say things will be suffling.
Just some quick notes from yesterday before we move forward:
North Pocono is the other team factoring in Class AAA as it moved to 3-0 after beating Mid Valley.
- Mid Valley’s Sam Kropa had an upset over No. 4 Sarah Tofilska of North Pocono, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
- Honesdale earned its first win of the season, beating West Scranton, 4-1.
- Valley View moved to 3-1 with a win over Montrose
Holy Cross at Abington Heights
Montrose at Mid Valley
Dunmore at Scranton
North Pocono at Montrose
North Pocono at Valley View
Western Wayne at Delaware Valley
Montrose at Dunmore
Scranton Prep at West Scranton
Scranton at Abington Heights
Mid Valley at Riverside
Wallenpaupack at Honesdale
That’s all for today.
Rememberm, please keep the Jakubek family in your thoughts this weekend and beyond. They have been and continue to be a big part of the tennis community.
Until next time (which will be Wednesday). … ENJOY!