Lady Buck varsity tennis team struggled this fall
Wallenpaupack Area’s girls tennis team has had better years, without a doubt.
While they ended in seventh place among Lackawanna League Division I teams with a 6-8 record, they tallied enough wins through the season to qualify for the District 2-4 Class AAA subregional team tournament.
Seniors Phoebe Cykosky and Heidi Washburn saw post-season action in both the singles and doubles formats, while up-and-comers Becca Cykosky and Tori Weber also teamed up as a duo in the playoffs.
Weather proved to be a major factor sabotaging the schedule throughout the season.
Out of Paupack's 14 scheduled league matches, seven were postponed and the match against North Pocono had to be re-scheduled.
The Lady Bucks made it through the midpoint in the season with a 4-3 tally. They posted wins against West Scranton, Dunmore, Riverside, and Scranton but suffered defeats to Scranton Prep, Delaware Valley, and Mid Valley.
After that things sort of went south as they closed their card with a 2-5 finish.
They started the second half of the fall with a win over Montrose but then took losses from Honesdale, North Pocono, Holy Cross, Abington Heights, and Valley View before finally earning a victory over Western Wayne during their last match.
The ladies, seeded seventh in the team tournament, had a hard go of it in the opening round.
Pitted versus second-ranked Williamsport, the Lady Bucks were edged out of the playoffs by the Lady Millionaires. 4-1.
Heidi Washburn suffered an opening round 6-2. 6-3 defeat to Scranton’s Claire Dunleavy, but Phoebe Cykosky, ranked third, earned a first-round bye and did well overall.
She defeated Pittston Area’s Abby Connors, 6-3, 6-0, then advanced to the semifinals by taking out Williamsport Area's Katie Meale, 6-2, 6-1. Ultimately, it would be Bella Peters from Abington that would spell the end to Cykosky’s run with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat.
Becca Cykosky and Tori Weber paired up for the opening round of the district doubles tourney and scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Scranton’s Anna Lepka and Claire Dunleavy.
Unfortunately, they were bounced in the second round by Abington Heights’ Lauren Koczwara and Sidney Horvath. Phoebe Cykosky and Heidi Washburn were seeded third and earned a first-round bye.
In the second-round they scored a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Couglin’s Rachel Bath and Chabee Patel. They moved past Delaware Valley’s Taylor Moglia and Julianna Anderson in the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 win, but finally were ousted from the competition by Williamsport’s Natalia Diaz and Katie Meale.
“We made it to districts, which was the main goal,” Phoebe said. “We didn’t make it last year as a team, so it was great to get back.”
“I’m happy with the way the team has grown since our junior high days,” she said.
“We’ve worked with two different coaches during our careers and everyone has been able to play where they’ve wanted to play. It’s been a lot of fun and we had a good year, except for the weather.”