South Williamsport’s Olivia Dorner has a resume that speaks for itself.
She’s already a two-time District 4 champion and is the one participant in District 4 historical past to ever place on the PIAA match twice. And whereas Dorner goals of a state title after taking second final 12 months, there are nonetheless two extra matches to win on the district match right this moment.
“I simply am going to maintain enjoying my sport and hopefully all the pieces will work out,” Dorner mentioned after reaching the semifinals Saturday after profitable a pair of matches.
Dorner faces Bloomsburg’s Dana Lee in right this moment’s semifinals on the Central PA Tennis Heart at 1 p.m. Montoursville’s Lydia Barbour and Loyalsock’s Katie Savidge play within the different semifinal. Barbour and Savidge cut up a pair of mettings this season.
The championship shall be performed after. Dorner and Savidge have confronted one another in every of the final two district finals, and Savidge is a former state fourth-place finisher.
If Dorner does come away with a district title, she’s going to grow to be simply the fifth participant in District 4 historical past to win three consecutive singles titles. For Dorner, she mentioned that will be fairly an accomplishment so as to add to her already adorned resume, however she is aware of she hasn’t received it but.
“That will be wonderful. I’ll simply take it one match at a time and maintain going,” Dorner mentioned.
Whereas Dorner is aware of she’s the favourite to get again to the state match — solely the district champion advances this 12 months — she nonetheless has to get to the ultimate first. Dorner cruised previous preliminary winner Claire Ulrich of Montgomery within the first spherical Saturday, 6-0, 6-0, earlier than defeating Hughesville’s Madison Entz, 6-0, 6-0.
Dorner routinely saved Entz off-balance and was utilizing her extraordinarily quick serves and pinpoint management to beat Entz.
“I felt I used to be enjoying rather well and I used to be hitting my targets, so I’m pleased,” Dorner mentioned. “I undoubtedly tried to open up the courtroom and transfer the individual round.”
“I feel her serves and simply how exhausting she hits. A few of these I couldn’t even react to, however its a problem,” Entz mentioned.
Entz joked that she hoped to attain a degree towards the defending two-time state placewinner.
Barbour and Savidge each received simply of their half of the bracket, which was performed at South Williamsport. Barbour beat Cownaesque Valley’s Megan Wattles, 6-0, 6-0, and Lewisburg’s Bekah Vance, 6-0, 6-1, to achieve the semifinals.
Savidge beat preliminary winner Paige Holcombe of Danville, 6-1, 6-0, and Towanda’s Hannah Ryck, 6-0, 6-0.
Jersey Shore’s Samantha Machmer fell within the first spherical to Entz, 6-2, 6-4 and Miltno’s Alanna Stamm misplaced to semifinalist Lee, 6-2, 6-1. Within the backside half of the bracket, Muncy’s Rory Oden was the one participant to pressure a match to 3 units as she misplaced to Ryck, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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