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Pennsbury High School doubles partners finish in final four at States

by Stewart Gross

For Pennsbury High School sophomores Megan Walsh and Kyra Workman, the sky is the limit! 

They volleyed through the Suburban One League finals held at Northampton Tennis Club where they won the doubles championship. 

The dynamic duo started as the fifth seed at the District One AAA Tennis Championships held in Manayunk and Springfield, and slammed their way to a top four finish after defeating top-notch competition from Suburban One rival Neshaminy, Kennett Square School District, and fourth seeded Henderson.

That earned Megan and Kyra a spot at the PA State Championships where they also finished in the final four.

That was a tremendous accomplishment as they defeated Southern Lehigh and Greater Latrobe in the first two rounds to earn another final four finish.

The Pennsbury doubles pair came very close to a higher finish after losing in three-set matches to Radnor and Manheim Township.

Their proud coach, Tenaz Purdy, says that the two ladies from Yardley “Have been friends since they were five- or six-years-old. Their mothers are good friends. Megan Walsh is our number one singles player, and Kyra Workman our number two singles player.”

It is a testament to the talent and work ethic of these two young ladies that they were able to adjust to doubles play, a completely different game strategically than singles.

Megan and Kyra are “tournament level players in the USTA (United States Tennis Association), and are UTR rated players.”

The Universal Tennis Rating is a global-based tennis player rating system. The UTR rates all players on a single 16-point scale, without regard to age, gender, nationality, or locale of a given match. 

They “play year-round in USTA and UTR tournaments, which is how they developed into outstanding players.”

Coach Purdy is also interested in initiating some type of developmental program for tennis players in the Pennsbury region.

Currently, Pennsbury has no tennis teams for boys or girls at any of its three middle schools.

And neither do any of the Suburban One league teams at Council Rock, Neshaminy, Bensalem Township, Centennial, and Bristol Township school districts.

Pennsbury’s three middle schools do not have a tennis court.

There was formerly one at Pennwood Middle School which fell into disrepair.

Coach Purdy says that this makes it, “difficult to develop players who are ready to be competitive at the high school level.

Other sports such as football, basketball, track and field, etc. have ‘feeder’ programs at the middle schools that help to develop players.”

To that end, Coach Purdy, her assistant coach, Robert Hawk, and the high school tennis players, “conducted hitting sessions” for interested middle school girls this past May.

The girls were bused to the high school and got to play with the high school girls and receive instruction. 

The girl’s tennis program for Suburban One is held in August through October.  The USTA and BCTA (Bucks County Tennis Association) donated equipment for the hitting sessions.

The BCTA does run local tournaments, children’s programs and community level tennis.

Megan and Kyra are shining examples of what children who start playing tennis year-round at an early age can accomplish.

The sky is certainly the limit for these two hard-working athletes in their junior and senior years and beyond.

Coach Purdy would like to see the same come true for other kids in Pennsbury.

Coaches Purdy and Hawk would like anyone in the Pennsbury School District who is interested in getting their children involved in playing tennis to contact them for further information.

Coach Tenaz Purdy’s e-mail address is tpurdy@pennsburysd.org.

Coach Robert Hawk’s e-mail address is rhawk@pennsburysd.org.

PHOTO CAP: Kyra Workman (left) and Megan Walsh