BROCKWAY — The DuBois Central Catholic tennis team recorded a 7-0 sweep of Brockway on the road Monday.
The Cardinals (2-1) got off to a strong start in doubles action, picking up a win in all three matches.
DCC got its most dominant performance on the doubles side in the No. 1 match from Grant Norman and Colin Barnett.
The duo picked up an 8-1 victory over Brockway’s Weston Hrin and Nathan Bennett.
In No. 2 doubles, Gabby Sabatose and Haley Pettenati teamed up to secure an 8-5 win for the Cardinals over Dalton Hook and Lewis Painter.
Zach George and Anne Latuska finished off the sweep in doubles action for DCC by winning the No. 3 match 9-7 over Jared Marchiori and Ryan Lin to give the away side a 3-0 advantage heading into singles play.
Norman delivered another strong performance for the Cardinals in singles action, defeating Hrin 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 1 match.
The No. 2 singles match was the best matchup of the day, as DCC’s Barnett and Brockway’s Painter battled it out.
Painter held the early edge, taking the first set 6-4, but Barnett battled back to win the second 6-3 to force a tie-break.
The duo went back-and-forth in the early going of the deciding set, as they found themselves tied 5-5 at the midway point of the set.
Barnett then took control by winning the next four points to pull in front 9-5, as Painter won the next point, but the Cardinal shut things down with a win on the next point to take the tiebreaker 10-6 and win the match in come from behind fashion.
“He (Barnett) got down in that first set and he battled back
Sabatose controlled the No. 3 singles match from start to finish for DCC, as the senior secured a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Bennett.
In the final match of the day, Pettenati closed out the sweep for the Cardinals with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hook in the No. 4 singles match.
“Up and down the lineup we were solid today,” Rice said. “We had people make some nice comeback wins.”
“Everybody was really solid, which is what I am excited about right now, we defeated Punxsy and now Brockway and I think we have a lot of improvement, so that’s what I’m looking for the rest of the year.”
DCC’s last match was cut short due to weather Thursday against DuBois, as the three doubles matches were all postponed partway through due to rain.
“There might have been a little bit of rust, but we kicked it off and got going,” Rice said. “We’re definitely progressing as a team and I think everyone is growing together.”
Both teams are back in action Thursday, a Brockway hosts Bradford and DuBois Central Catholic is home against St. Marys.
“We have a tough won on Thursday,” said Rice. “St. Marys swept Bradford and swept us last year, so I know St. Marys has a solid team.”