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Koons, Catka help Sun Valley snap string

Madison Koons needed three sets for a win at second singles and Aislynn Catka pulled out a pair of tiebreaker victories at third singles to help the Sun Valley girls tennis team snap a seven-match losing streak with a 5-1 Ches-Mont League decision over Oxford Friday afternoon.

Koons overcame a loss in the first set to win, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Kate Lannon and Alyssa Madden, Payten Piccioni and Jenna DiBona, and Yna Smith and Jaimee Higgins swept the top three singles matches in straight sets.

In the Central League:

Top seeds advance >> The top four seeds advance to the semifinals at the Central League singles tournament, while the next four seeds are still alive for a spot in the District 1 tournament.

Top-seeded Ashley Griffith of Conestoga lost just one game in her two matches to reach Saturday’s semifinals. Second seeded Grace Hederick of Radnor held off seventh-seeded Emma Lee of Strath Haven in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 7-5. Third-seeded Nina Hoog from Harriton won twice in straight sets to earn a semifinal match with Hederick.

Fourth-seeded Simone Burde of Lower Merion got past fifth-seeded Cassidy Landau of Conestoga, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The tournament resumes with the semifinals, championship and consolation matches at 2 Saturday afternoon at the Healthplex. The top six players advance to the District 1 tournament.

In the Catholic League:

Cardinal O’Hara 4, Archbishop Wood 1 >> Nina Ji (third singles), Mackenzie Gardler and Caroline Lynch (first doubles) and Erin Hutchinson and Jessica Dougherty (second doubles) remained undefeated for the Lions (8-3, 7-0 Catholic League).

In the Inter-Ac League:

Notre Dame 6, Springside Chestnut Hill 1 >> McKenna Bramlage and Caroline Mackay swept first and second singles in straight sets to pace the Irish. Notre Dame also claimed all four doubles matches in straight sets.

In nonleague action:

Penn Wood 3, Norristown 2 >> Motorayo Agbeye and Fatoumata Diarra pulled out a 6-0, 6-1 victory at first doubles to secure the third straight victory for the Patriots (5-2).

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