Dragons fall on the road at defending D-10 champ Villa

ERIE, Pa. – For the third time this season, the Warren tennis team squared off with a reigning district champion.

Having already battled District 9 2A champion St. Marys and District 10 3A champion Fairview, the Dragons traveled to Frontier Park in Erie Monday for a tilt with D-10 2A champion Villa Maria. The Victors flexed their championship muscles with a 5-0 win.

Ryleigh Valone took down Maddie Rogers, 6-1, 6-1 at first singles.

“This match was much closer than the score indicates,” Warren coach John Parroccini said. “The two sets took over an hour and a half, which shows the intensity of the match.”

Anni Pricard topped Megan McGuinness at second singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Abby Consiglio defeated Kaity McCracken, 6-0, 6-0, at third singles.

“Megan played a very good game, but Annie was a little stronger and a little quicker today,” Warren assistant coach Kimberleigh Parroccini said. “Kaity just ran out of time. Her game picked up in the second set, but Abby wouldn’t let her gain any momentum.”

At first doubles, Rachel Bowen and Lauren Passarelli bested the team of Madalynn Perry and Kamryn Moore, 6-1, 6-0.

“Rachel and Lauren never let up on Madalyn and Kamryn and our girls fought hard, but couldn’t gain any advantage,” Kimberleigh Parroccini said.

Cara Doyle and Grace Feed completed the sweep with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Rylie Yeager and Sydney Govoni at second doubles.

“This was a new team (created) due to some players being ill,” John Parroccini said. “They gave Villa a real battle, but simply ran out of gas.”

A pair of Warren freshmen got the chance to take the court in exhibition singles action. Villa’s Margret McGovern topped Warren’s Sydnie Cochran, 6-2, and the Victors’ Ashley Plank beat the Dragons’ Sarah Barnett, 6-0.

“Both of these girls show tremendous promise for the future and it was good for them to get some quality match experience,” John Parroccini said.

Warren hosts Hickory today at Betts Park.