HERSHEY >> Council Rock North junior doubles players Sophia Fischer and Joanna Kwon recently captured a third-place medal in the PIAA Class AAA Tournament.
The 11th-graders from Rock North opened states Nov. 4 at the Hershey Racquet Club with a win in split sets facing McDowell senior Lauren Fadden and sophomore Lindsey Fadden. The Lady Indians advanced to the state quarterfinals, winning 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Going up against Peters Township seniors Anna Komer and Alex Garcia in the quarters, the Rock North duo won 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 to advance to the state semifinals.
On Nov. 5 in the PIAA semis, Fischer and Kwon fell to the eventual state doubles champs, junior Amanda Nord and freshman Charlotte James, of Fox Chapel, who took the top prize with a win in straight sets facing Shady Sides Academy senior Devin Gramley and sophomore Erin Gramley.
The Lady Indians responded in kind by defeating Exeter sophomore Alexis Cramer and senior Corine Grohoski in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 in a battle for third place.
“They came back aggressive and undeterred to take a proud third place (medal),” said CR North interim head coach Linda Morrin.
“Go Council Rock North. Congratulations on a successfully long Season and PIAA State Doubles number three (trophy).
District I had four representatives. CR North, CR South, Connestoga and Downingtown East.
Representing the Golden Hawks, junior Alyssa Skulsky and freshman Vicky Lushnikov were eliminated when they dropped their opening match 6-0, 6-1, to the eventual state champs from Fox Chapel.
Rock North, Connnestoga and Downingtown all advanced to the state quarterfinals. Connestoga junior Maddie Wood and sophomore Ashley Griffith lost to Shady Sides Academy senior Devin Gramley and sophomore Erin Gramley 3-6, 2-6.
Downington East senior Noelle Eghbali and junior Sammy Roberts lost to Exeter sophomore Alexis Cramer and senior Corine Grohoski, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-5.
Nord and James defeated Hazleton junior Stephanie Mazurek and sophomore Lily Nowak, 6-0, 6-0, in the other quarterfinal.