BROCKWAY — Brockway swept all three singles contests and split the doubles matchups Tuesday against Clearfield on its way to a 4-1 win over the Bison in the quarterfinal round of the District 9 Class AA Team Tournament.
Brockway jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind comfortable singles wins by Tyler Foradori and Mason Lindenmuth.
Foradori swept Bison Joe Schultz, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Lindenmuth notched a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ryan Spencer at third singles.
Shortly after Lindenmuth’s win on the road-side courts at Brockway, the Rovers’ No. 1 doubles squad of Anthony Esposito and Josh Salada upended Carter Wood and Joe Schultz, 6-2, 6-3. The win was the third of the day and sealed the Rovers’ victory and a trip to Punxsutawney today in the team semifinals.
With those matches complete, all eyes returned to the upper courts, where Rover Adam Sabatose and Bison Jason Bell were duking it out in a back-and-forth three-set match.
While those two were battling, the Bison duo of Dustin Reed and Gavin Starr teamed up to blank Rovers Dustin Jamison and Weston Hrin, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 doubles for Clearfield’s lone win of the day.
Meanwhile at No. 1 singles, Bell and Sabatose split the first two sets, with Bell taking the first 6-4 and Sabatose the second, 6-2.
Bell jumped out to a quick lead in that 10-point tiebreaker, leading 5-1 at the first changeover. However, Sabatose battled his way back to eventually even the score at 9-9 before winning the final two points to take the tiebreaker, 11-9, and the match two sets to one.
“Adam and Tyler have really been playing well,” said Brockway coach Lori Sabatose. “They have been pushing each other all year, and Adam has dug deep in so many of these close matches. You can never count him out, which I love to see. And, being his mom, I’m so proud of him.
“He (Adam) has been really consistent this year and Tyler is really coming along with moving forward in the net game. And, Mason is just getting steadier also. We haven’t played Josh and Anthony together for a while, but they played really well.
“Dustin and Weston had never played together, and I didn’t know what to expect there. But, they are rookies and gave it their all, and that’s all I can ever for.”
Sabatose she is excited for the opportunity to play Punxsy again with a trip to the finals in the line.
“It be interesting to see how we do,” she said. “We lost to them, but there were some close matches, and Adam wasn’t in the singles lineup because he had to take a test. So, with him at No. 1 we have a shot at it and hopefully we can pull it out as a team.”
DuBois Central Catholic hosts St. Marys in the other semifinal matchup today, with the winners slated to play next week for the team championship.