With a chance to win a third straight Berks County girls tennis championship hanging in the balance, Conrad Weiser had the player it wanted on the court — Emma Perkins.
The reigning Berks County champion delivered by winning a second-set tiebreaker against Judith Manta to lift Conrad Weiser to a 3-2 victory over Muhlenberg Monday at Schuylkill Valley.
“In a match of that caliber you want your All-State doubles champion and All-County player Emma Perkins on the court to settle the score.” said Conrad Weiser coach Ryan Knarr. “She came through at the biggest moments.”
Perkins, who teamed with Alex Pancu last year to win the PIAA Class 2A doubles title, won the deciding match by scoring the last three points in the tiebreak to defeat Manta 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
“It’s great to think about,” Perkins said about the Scouts’ third straight title. “Before this there really wasn’t much commotion going on in Weiser tennis.
“We’ve been working really hard over the past few years. We’ve been working as a team and it’s been a great experience.”
Conrad Weiser (13-0) needed to work hard to defeat Muhlenberg (14-2) for the second time this season. The Scouts received a forfeit at No. 2 doubles and got a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles from Isabel Wiggins and Lydia Bashore.
But the singles matches were much more competitive. Muhlenberg’s Jen Manta defeated Michelle Timothy 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Monica Lopez prevailed 6-4, 6-4 in a long No. 3 singles match over Victoria Waltz.
That meant the match came down to Perkins, who won the Berks singles titles last year as a freshman, and Judith Manta, a freshman looking to challenge her for this year’s title.
Perkins won the first set before Judith Manta settled in and forced the second set to a tiebreaker. Perkins fought off a set point, then won the next two points to clinch another title for the Scouts.
“I had all the confidence in the world in Emma,” Knarr said. “The way she trains and the level she trains at, she’s conditioned for moments like that when greatness is needed to play at an elite level against an elite opponent. At the biggest moments she brought her best game and that’s the mark of a champion.”
Perkins defeated Judith Manta in three sets in Conrad Weiser’s 5-1 win over Muhlenberg on Sept. 9.
“I knew it was going to be close,” said Muhlenberg coach Steve Simons. “I figured it was going to be 3-2 and I knew the individual matches would be close.”
But Conrad Weiser had just enough to continue its reign as the team champion in Berks County.
“The threepeat is something very few programs have done in the history of the county,” Knarr said. “To be able to threepeat is a testament to our process. We believe in that process and it has continued to pay off.”
Source: Berkshire mont