Girls tennis tourney for cancer thrives

PHOENIXVILLE - More than $2,900 was raised thus far to benefit cancer treatment patients at Phoenixville Hospital during the annual Phoenixville Invitational girls tennis tournament Aug. 23.

Seniors Lexi Crovetti and Gabrielle Pattinson used the event as their senior project. Crovetti is a first singles player while Pattinson plays first doubles.

At the conclusion of the tourney, the girls presented Dr. Carl Sharer with the money.

Gwynedd Mercy Academy won the team title on a tiebreaker with Villa Maria Academy. Each school scored 15 points with Gwynedd winning on head-to-head matchups.

Phoenixville tallied 10 points and Delco Christian netted two points in the four-team field.

In round one, Villa Maria defeated Delco Christian, 6-1, and Gwynedd Mercy edged Phoenixville, 4-3.

In round two, Gwynedd Mercy nudged Villa Maria, 4-3, and Phoenixville stopped Delco Christian, 6-1.

In round three, Villa Maria beat Phoenixville, 6-1, and Gwyneddd Mercy blanked Delco Christian, 7-0.

A total of $2,945.50 has been raised thus far with a car wash and more donations yet to come.

The Tennis Shop from Paoli sold merchandise this year to help benefit the cause. And P.J. Ryans bar and restaurant set up a plan where a percentage of total food bills for a week helped benefit the cancer fund.

It was exciting, said Pattinson. It was a good day.

We beat the rain, said Crovetti. It was very nice.

Besides the fundraiser, the season-opening tennis tourney provided good competition for the four smaller schools involved.

They always have good teams, Crovetti said of Gwynedd Mercy and Villa Maria. We really like to play them for good competition to help get us ready for the season.

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