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Reigning champ Matriccino heads semifinal field at PAC girls tennis singles tournament

The Pioneer Athletic Conference will have a decorated field for Saturday’s girls tennis semifinals at Perkiomen Valley.

Spring-Ford sophomore Mia Matriccino, Owen J. Roberts sophomore Allison Root and Methacton junior and sophomore Alice Liang and Hana Nouaime all advanced to the second day of the tournament.

Matriccino, the reigning PAC champ, will face Nouaime and Root, the 2020 runner-up, will face Liang on the other side of the bracket. Nouaime and Liang were the PAC doubles champions in 2020.

The semifinalists all rolled in their semifinal matchups and throughout the day — all besides Root (10-1) won 10-0 in their second round matchup after securing byes in the opening round.

Matriccino swept Boyertown’s Kara Bussinger (6-0, 6-0) in her quarterfinal matchup to get back to the semifinals, while Nouaime won 6-3, 6-0 over Spring-Ford’s Isabel Mejia — a 2020 singles semifinalist.

On the other side of the bracket, Liang won her quarterfinal match 6-2, 6-0 over Spring-Ford’s Cady Krause — the 2019 singles champion and 2020 semifinalist. Root won her semifinal 6-2, 6-1 over Perkiomen Valley’s Gracie Stroheckner.

All four semifinalists qualified for the District 1 girls singles tournament next Friday. Bussinger, Mejia, Krause and Stroheckner will compete Saturday for the PAC’s fifth and final spot in the district tournament.

PAC Singles Tournament

First Round

Mia Matriccino (SF) bye; Sydney Boardman (PV) def. Alicia Skipwith (NT) 10-0; Sonya Soeder (OJR) def. Elizabeth Shavely (PHX) 10-1; Kara Bussinger (BT) def. Kelly O’Connor (PJP) 10-4; Isabel Mejia (SF) def. Lili Freese (PT) 10-0; Alexis Withers (OJR) def. Melani Evitts (UM) 10-6; Elise Pham (PHX) def. Josie Day (NT) 10-0; Hana Nouaime (MT) bye; Alice Liang (MT) bye; Taylor Maguire (PT) def. Chloe Doan (UM) 10-7; Hope Thompson (UP) def. Samantha Moholen (PG) 10-4; Cady Krause (SF) def. Kaitlyn Murphy (PV) 10-4; Gracie Strohecker (PV) def. Anika Suresh (MT) 10-6; Olivia Vangeli (BT) def. Rachel Lilliendahl (PG) 10-1; Maddy Dyer (UP) def. Brianna Bussinger (BT) 10-3; Allison Root (OJR) bye.

Second Round

Mia Matriccino (SF) def. Sydney Boardman (PV) 10-0; Kara Bussinger (BT) def. Sonya Soeder (OJR) 10-4; Isabel Mejia (SF) def. Alexis Withers (OJR) 10-0; Hana Nouaime (MT) def. Elise Pham (PHX) 10-0; Alice Liang (MT) def. Taylor Maguire (PT) 10-0; Cady Krause (SF) def. Hope Thompson (UP) 10-0; Gracie Strohecker (PV) def. Olivia Vangeli (BT) 10-2; Allison Root (OJR) def. Maddy Dyer (UP) 10-1.

Quarterfinals

Mia Matriccino (SF) def. Kara Bussinger (BT) 6-0, 6-0; Hana Nouaime (MT) def. Isabel Mejia (SF) 6-3, 6-0; Alice Liang (MT) def. Cady Krause (SF) 6-2, 6-0; Allison Root (OJR) def. Gracie Strohecker (PV) 6-2, 6-1

Semifinals

Mia Matriccino (SF) vs Hana Nouaime (MT)

Alice Liang (MT) vs Allison Root (OJR)

5th place

Kara Bussinger (BT) vs Isabel Mejia (SF)

Cady Krause (SF) vs Gracie Strohecker (PV)

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