Manheim Towships Avery Palandjian has played a lot of tennis in the past two days.
As fate would have it, shell plays sooner rather than later.
In less than 24 hours, Palandjian played a two hour and twenty minute match in the Lancaster-Lebanon League final, followed by winning the doubles championship with partner Scotty Reynolds in three sets.
Then came the District Three Class 3A team tournament semifinal on Wednesday.
At least her match there didn’t last as long as the others. In 40 minutes Palandjian came against Kendall Winters of Lampeter-Strasburg 6-2, 6-0.
Palandjian’s Blue Streaks teammates did the rest, and Township advanced to the district championship on Thursday in a 4-0 win over the Pioneers.
I still feel it from yesterday, Palandjian said. But it is a beautiful day. I think that helped. It was like, it’s a new day, a new game. It was a different feeling. “
Manheim Township will then face Hershey, who beat New Oxford 5-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday for the team title. Originally scheduled for Friday, the final has been moved to Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. due to poor weather forecast.
Palandjian played on her trusted No. 1 in singles and was the first track to finish, with No. 2 Reynolds close behind in a 6-0, 6-0 win against Ryan Gerhardt.
The next two games ended just moments apart when Kayla Kurtz defeated Kylie Gerhardt (6-0, 6-1) on number 3 singles, followed by Cami Henneman and Julia Briner at the top of Liv Harris and Josie Lau in doubles, 6-2 , 6 -0.
Henneman and Briner also had reason to be tired, pushing teammates Reynolds and Palandjian to their limits in a three-set doubles final that didn’t end until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
I was really just trying to get as much sleep as possible and prepare myself because I was now in districts. It’s a bit more intense than before, “said Henneman.” But I like to play tennis, so it’s nice to be out here. “
Playing in a neighborhood game is a joy for the senior couple. While they would normally move to districts as a double team, the field has narrowed after the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two are thus limited to team play.
I think the fact that we played them before made me feel more comfortable on the field, Briner said. The fact that they were quarters added a little more tension, but I felt quite comfortable with everyone. I’m just glad we’re here.
It’s nice to still be able to play to some extent, even though we can’t individually move on as we usually do. We were still able to play with our team in the final, which is very exciting, Henneman added. It’s nice to just have a season.
It was the third time in just over three weeks that the Pioneers and Manheim Township faced each other in a team game. That helped Palandjian, especially so soon after he took power from Penn Manor, sophomore and now two-time champion Catherine Rabatin.
I think you play the same person, you understand their game and what they do, Palandjian said. Catherine is all power so you have to take shorter swings and today I had more time on the ball. Yesterday was a good game. It was nice to refresh mentally, but it was good to change it.
Wednesday No. 2 doubles was halted with Blue Streaks Sophia Yost and Jade Miller ahead of Kati Platt and Cate Caldwell 6-1, 3-3.
Wyomissing 3, Lancaster Country Day 0: The third-placed Cougars (8-1) saw their season end with a loss to the second-placed Spartans.
Wyomissings Bella DAddesi defeated Isabella Gerace 6-1, 6-1 in the only singles match that was complete.
Ranked # 1 in doubles, Spartans Elise Wang and Brooke Herb took a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Amelia Lojewski and Olivia Sullivan, while teammates Ananya Rai and Giulia DAddesi topped the Cougars Marissa Jacobs and Delanie Edwards 6-1.6 stood. -2.
The next player for Wyomissing is Berks League foe and top seed Conrad Weiser, a 4-0 winner at Kennard-Dale on Wednesday. That match is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Friday at Conrad Weiser.