Loyalsock’s Savidge reaches semis in PIAA girls tennis

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Loyalsock's Katie Savidge

Loyalsock freshman Katie Savidge became the first ever area girls tennis player to reach the PIAA Class AA tennis semifinals after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Brooke Bauer of Knoch in the quarterfinals of the PIAA championships Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club.

“It was great, totally unexpected, and I wasn’t sure how far I’d get as a freshman,” said Savidge. “I’m just going for the shots and keeping the ball in, and mixing it up as much as I can.”

Savidge, the District 4 runner-up, beat Bauer, the District 7 third-place finisher, after opening with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 win over District 3 champion Catherine Maher of Berks Catholic.

Savidge, who said this was as well as she had played, will meet District 11 champ and defending state runner-up Brenna Magliochetti of Bethlehem Catholic today at 11 a.m. in the semis.

The other semifinal is Genevieve Wurtz of Gwynedd Mercy Academy, who earlier beat defending PIAA champion Emily Gordon of Grove City, against Laura Greb of Knoch.

The final is set for 3.

“She hit a lot of winners, didn’t make any mistakes, and just overpowered them off the court,” said Loyalsock coach Rick Zimmerman.

The only other area Class AA semifinalists this century came in the boys spring tournament with Kyle Van Fleet (Loyalsock, 2004) and Maria Cioffi (South Williamsport, 2012). Cioffi was the first girl in PIAA history to win matches in the boys tournament, playing that spring after missing the girls fall season with an injury.

Also Friday, District 4 champion Rachel Thomas of Hughesville won her first-round match, 6-3, 6-4 over District 9 champion Samantha Hayes of St. Marys before falling 6-1, 6-1 to Greb.

In doubles, Montoursville’s Maddy Reeves and Olivia Evans, the District 4 champions, won 6-2, 6-1 over District 9 champions Emily Miller and Jenna Minard of Elk County Catholic before falling 6-1, 6-0 to Kelsey Heckert and Lauren Bertig of Indiana.

District 4 runners-up Madison Sav­idge and Jenna Beiter fell 6-1, 6-0, in the first round to Wyomissing’s District 3 champions Anna Kate Schreck and Leah McAvoy.