Girls tennis: Top seeds Mejia and Burke hold serve, earn PAC doubles championship

GRATERFORD – Top-seeded Isabela Mejia and Riley Burke of Spring-Ford captured the PAC girls tennis doubles championship Saturday at Perkiomen Valley with a 6-3, 6-2 decision over the No. 2 seeds Nadja Townsend and Kay Mahon of Perkiomen Valley.
 
Mejia/Burke reached the championship match by taking out Methacton’s unseeded team of Hannah Kim and Katie Chan 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals while Townsend/Mahon advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 conquest of Methacton’s Karen Li and Amanda Wang, the event’s No. 3 overall seed.
 
Li/Wang came back to edge their Warriors teammates Kim and Chan for third place, prevailing 3-6, 6-1, (11-9).
 
The first five finishers – including Pope John Paul II’s fifth-place team of Veronica Marinari and Maggie Christianson (seeded fourth overall), all qualified for the District 1 Doubles Championship beginning next Friday, Oct. 18, at the Legacy Tennis Center.
 
PAC Girls Tennis Doubles Championship
At Perkiomen Valley (Oct. 11-12)
Semifinals
(1) Isabele Mejia / Riley Burke SF1 def. (unseeded) Hannah Kim / Katie Chan MT2 6-0, 6-0
(2) Nadja Townsend / Kay Mahon PV1 def.  (3) Karen Li / Amanda Wang MT1 6-4, 6-2
Finals
(1) Mejia / R. Burke SF1 def. (2) N. Townsend / K. Mahon PV1  6-3, 6-2
Playback rounds for 3rd-5th place
K. Li / A. Wang MT1 def. H. Kim / K. Chan MT2  3-6, 6-1, (11-9)
Veronica Marinari / Maggie Christianson PJP1  def. Emily Shoemaker / Olivia Newman PV2  2-6, 6-0, (11-9)
Cara Semach / Lien Nguyen OJR1  def.  Abby Green / Kara Bussinger BT1 6-2, 7-5
V. Marianari / M. Christianson PJP1  def. C. Semach / L. Nguyen OJR1 6-3, 7-5
Final Standings (District 1 Championship Qualifiers)
1st Place - Isabele Mejia / Riley Burke SF1
2nd Place - Nadja Townsend / Kay Mahon PV1
3rd Place - Karen Li / Amanda Wang MT1
4th Place - Hannah Kim / Katie Chan MT2
5th Place - Veronica Marinari / Maggie Christianson PJP1