DuBOIS — St. Marys’ Sarah Casey will go for her third-straight District 9 Class AA championship on Tuesday after breezing to the finals on Monday at DuBois High School.
The senior received a first-round bye in the morning before defeating Brockway’s Taylor Raybuck, 10-1, in a pro-set in the quarterfinals. She proceeded to beat Elk County Catholic’s Maria Hoh in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-2.
Casey will take on Punxsutawney’s Kaitlyn Ray in the finals, which are set for this afternoon at 5 p.m. back at DuBois High School.
Ray was also given a first-round bye to start the day. She then defeated Casey’s teammate, Jessica Jordan, by a score of 10-3 in the quarterfinals. Ray drew Elk County Catholic’s Emma Coppolo in the semis and won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Casey defeated Ray, 6-1, 6-0 in the district semifinals last year. She went on to beat Brockway’s Zoie Reitz in the 2015 finals.
The area saw five wins in the first round. Raybuck defeated Johnsonburg’s Maria Aiello, 10-2, while Hoh made quick work of Bradford’s Isis Wilcox, 10-1.
Jordan got by Johnsonburg’s Elizabeth Kemick, 10-3, and Brockway’s Gabby Sabatose defeated Bradford’s Juliah Laemmer, 10-0. Coppolo ended the first round with a 10-2 win over Clearfield’s Myra Kavelak.
Clearfield’s Rachel Homan also earned a first round win over Punxsutawney’s Kaitlin Doverspike, 10-1.
Hoh edged Homan, 10-6, in the quarterfinals before running into Casey, while Coppolo (ECC’s No. 2 player) picked up a big win over Sabatose (Brockway’s No. 1) 10-3.
The winner of the Casey-Ray match will advance to the PIAA Singles Championships at the Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey on Nov. 4-5.