Loyalsock pair wins district doubles

After being in the district doubles championship the past two years, Loyalsock’s Kim Levy was getting a little sick and tired of a second-place medal. This year she won’t have that feeling.

Levy and Sarah Malone defeated Bucktail’s Maria Morgan and Abby Ransom 6-3, 7-5 in the District 4 Class AA championship doubles tennis match on Wednesday afternoon at the West Branch Tennis Club.

“Yeah, it felt really good,” Levy said. “I mean it was good coming in second, but finally winning this year was really great.”

Loyalsock coach Rick Zimmerman has been Levy’s coach for the past four years and he knows the kind of struggles she has gone through in the district doubles tournament.

“This is her senior year, so you know I just feel great for her, she deserves this,” Zimmerman said. “When she’s on her game I think she was the best player here today. You know she has just had a great career. This is her sixth medal, three teams and three in doubles. She has been a pleasure to coach.”

Levy was great throughout with her backhand at the net and with her forehand on the baseline. Her serve, though, was perhaps the biggest key.

Levy’s serve was very powerful and she made it difficult for Morgan and Ransom to return. Levy had eight aces. One of Levy’s serves was so powerful that it knocked the racket out of Morgan’s hand.

Levy wouldn’t have been able to win her first district championship medal if it wasn’t for Malone.

“Sarah for being a freshman, pretty outstanding to be put in that position,” Zimmerman said.”She did great.”

Malone was placing the ball all over the court with a good backhand or with a slice shot.

Malone hasn’t had the experience that Levy has but she is just as thrilled to win districts.

“It felt amazing,” Malone said. “I’m so happy to have had Kim as my partner. This is awesome. This is like the best ever.”

The Loyalsock girls tennis team is no stranger to success as it won the team, singles and now doubles district championships. Pam Niditch won the singles title. It also has been in the district doubles championships the last six years, winning four of them.

Morgan and Ransom made it difficult for Levy and Malone as they used a combination of speed and power.

Morgan was the speed as she used her athleticism to run around the whole court and to make it difficult for Levy and Malone to pick up points. Morgan was also great at the net using her forehand to return shots.

Ransom was the power as she had a powerful serve and powerful ground strokes. Ransom also played well at net as she spiked back many Loyalsock shots and was using her serve much like Levy.

Loyalsock and Bucktail each move onto the state tournament in Hershey which begins Nov. 1.