ANNVILLE, Pa. --- Elizabethtown's hopes for a Middle Atlantic Conference individual women's tennis championship now rest completely with Whitney Bull (Berwick, PA/Berwick), who was the only Blue Jay to advance to the semifinal round of the MAC individual singles and doubles championships at Lebanon Valley Friday.
Bull was seeded fifth in the tournament and received a first round bye. She faced Liz Kubasko of King's in the second round and won big, 6-0, 6-1. Advancing to the quarterfinal round, Bull came back from an early deficit to upset Susquehanna's third-seeded Tara McHugh 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Also in the singles matches, Elizabethtown's unseeded Erin Thompson (Middlebury, CT/Pomperaug) crushed Albright's Kristen Bur in her first round match, completing a 6-0, 6-0 sweep. However, Thompson lost to host Lebanon Valley's sixth-seeded Lindsay Schlossbach 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.
In doubles, Etown's team of Melissa Muller (Shillington, PA/Governor Mifflin) and Sasha Fureman (Lebanon, PA/Cedar Crest) defeated Kara Finan and Katie King of Scranton in the first round, but lost their second round match to Lacey Leverberg and Christie Sieger of Moravian 6-0, 6-1.
The Blue Jays' other doubles entry consisting of Jen Smith (Honesdale, PA/Honesdale) and Casey Kieffer (Milford, DE/Milford) fell in the first round to Heather Straub and Heidi Von Schwedler of Lycoming 6-0, 6-0.
Bull will next face defending MAC Champion Cricket Temple of Lycoming in the semifinal round Saturday, October 21.
At Annville, PA
Middle Atlantic Conference Individual Women's Tennis Championships
Elizabethtown results for Friday, October 20:
Erin Thompson (Etown) d. Kristen Bur (Albright), 6-0, 6-0
(5) Whitney Bull (Etown), Bye
(6) Lindsey Schlossbach (Lebanon Valley) d. Erin Thompson (Etown), 6-1, 6-2
(5) Whitney Bull (Etown) d. Liz Kubasko (King's), 6-0, 6-1
(5) Whitney Bull (Etown) d. (3) Tara McHugh (Susquehanna), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Melissa Muller/Sasha Fureman (Etown) d. Kara Finan/Katie King (Scranton), score unavaliable
Heather Straub/Heidi Von Schwedler (Lycoming) d. Jen Smith/Casey Kieffer (Etown),
Lacey Leverberg/Christy Sieger (Moravian) d. Melissa Muller/Sasha Fureman (Etown),