South’s Dorner looking for 3rd district title
South Williamsport’s Olivia Dorner has a resume that speaks for itself.
She’s already a two-time District 4 champion and is the only player in District 4 history to ever place at the PIAA tournament twice. And while Dorner dreams of a state title after taking second last year, there are still two more matches to win at the district tournament today.
“I just am going to keep playing my game and hopefully everything will work out,” Dorner said after reaching the semifinals Saturday after winning a pair of matches.
Dorner faces Bloomsburg’s Dana Lee in today’s semifinals at the Central PA Tennis Center at 1 p.m. Montoursville’s Lydia Barbour and Loyalsock’s Katie Savidge play in the other semifinal. Barbour and Savidge split a pair of mettings this season.
The championship will be played after. Dorner and Savidge have faced each other in each of the last two district finals, and Savidge is a former state fourth-place finisher.
If Dorner does come away with a district title, she will become just the fifth player in District 4 history to win three consecutive singles titles. For Dorner, she said that would be quite an accomplishment to add to her already decorated resume, but she knows she hasn’t won it yet.
“That would be amazing. I’ll just take it one match at a time and keep going,” Dorner said.
While Dorner knows she’s the favorite to get back to the state tournament — only the district champion advances this year — she still has to get to the final first. Dorner cruised past preliminary winner Claire Ulrich of Montgomery in the first round Saturday, 6-0, 6-0, before defeating Hughesville’s Madison Entz, 6-0, 6-0.
Dorner routinely kept Entz off-balance and was using her extremely fast serves and pinpoint control to beat Entz.
“I felt I was playing really well and I was hitting my targets, so I’m happy,” Dorner said. “I definitely tried to open up the court and move the person around.”
“I think her serves and just how hard she hits. Some of those I couldn’t even react to, but its a challenge,” Entz said.
Entz joked that she was hoping to score a point against the defending two-time state placewinner.
Barbour and Savidge both won easily in their half of the bracket, which was played at South Williamsport. Barbour beat Cownaesque Valley’s Megan Wattles, 6-0, 6-0, and Lewisburg’s Bekah Vance, 6-0, 6-1, to reach 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 in the first round to Entz, 6-2, 6-4 and Miltno’s Alanna Stamm lost to semifinalist Lee, 6-2, 6-1. In the bottom half of the bracket, Muncy’s Rory Oden was the only player to force a match to three sets as she lost to Ryck, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.