BROCKWAY — The DuBois girls tennis team was involved in a few very close matches against homestanding Brockway, but ultimately came out on top with a 5-2 win over the Lady Rovers on Thursday afternoon at Brockway High School.
The Lady Beavers took three of the four singles matches before getting two out of three in doubles.
And, it was no surprise that the highlight of the day came in the first two singles matches that the two teams ended up splitting.
At No. 1, DuBois’ Alexis Strouse and Brockway’s Gabby Sabatose went toe-to-toe in a match that lasted nearly two hours. Strouse ended up taking the first set, 6-4.
Sabatose jumped out to a 5-4 lead in the second set, but Strouse battled back to take the next three games for a 7-5 win in the second set to take the match.
“It was a pretty good match,” said DuBois coach Jenna Kirk. “I knew No. 1 was going to be tough because Gabby is a really strong player, and she has improved a lot since last season even.”
“The scores are really nice tonight, especially with what we saw the other night,” said Brockway coach John Hawkins. “We are really happy about that.”
The Lady Rovers got that match back, however, at No. 2 singles. Brockway’s Savannah Buttery dropped the first set, 6-3, to the Lady Beavers’ Alaina Heberling, but battled back for a 6-1 win in the second set. In the third set tiebreaker, Buttery earned a 10-4 win to take the match.
To top off the day for Buttery, she later teamed with Sabatose in No. 1 doubles, where they picked up an 8-1 win over Heberling and Alexa Zartman.
“She came out when she was a freshman, and she’s come a long way since,” said Hawkins. “It’s really nice to see a kid that’s worked that hard, it’s nice to see it pay off.”
“No. 2 (singles) was a really close match with a tiebreak, and No. 1 doubles was impressive too,” said Kirk. “They (Brockway) have a really strong team. It was very entertaining tennis. There was a lot of good rallies. It was good, quality tennis.”
DuBois earned quick wins in the Nos. 3 and 4 singles matches. Zartman earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Taylor Raybuck, while the Lady Beavers’ Alexa Alker beat Brockway’s Haley Rummel, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4 singles.
The Lady Beavers also picked up wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. Gabby Henrichs and Haley McAninch edged Raybuck and Rummel, 8-5, at No. 2. Lauren Milletics and Legend Perry defeated Brockway’s Kira Fry and Mackenzie Hook, 8-0, to end the match.
Both teams return to the court on Tuesday at home. DuBois hosts Punxsutawney, while Brockway entertains Bradford.