DuBOIS — The DuBois girls tennis team, playing without top player Alexis Strouse, won three of four singles contests and swept all three doubles matchups on its way to a 6-1 win over visiting Brockway Tuesday in the Lady Beavers final home match of the season.
With Strouse out, Alexa Zartman bumped up to play at No. 1 singles, but it was Brockway’s No. 1 — Gabby Sabatose — who came away with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Sabtaose’s win proved to be the Lady Rovers’ lone one of the day, depsite there being a couple matches with some solid back-and-forth play.
The best match of the day came at No. 2 singles, where Alaina Heberling came away with a straight-set win over Savannah Buttery. Heberling took the opening set 6-2, but Buttery gave the Lady Beaver all she could hand in the second set.
The duo eventually went to a second-set tiebreaker, which was just as competitive as the second set as a whole was. Heberling was the player who made a late push, scoring back-to-back points to pull out the tiebreaker, 8-6, to finish off her sweep.
DuBois also got straight-set singles victories from Alexa Alker and Haley McAninch. Alker bested Taylor Raybuck, 6-2, 6-3, while McAninch knocked off Haley Rummel, 6-1, 6-3.
The first doubles contest to hit the court came at No. 3, where Lady Beavers Gabby Henrichs and Kaycee Vanchure blanked Kira Fry and Mackenzie Hook, 8-0.
The first two doubles matches featured mostly players who competed in singles action.
At No. 1 doubles, Zartman and Heberling teamed up to beat Sabatose and Buttery, 8-3, while at second doubles McAninch and Sarah Peters upended Raybuck and Rummel, 8-1.
“We were missing Alexis Strouse today, and we knew Gabby (Sabatose) was going to be a tough match at No. 1,: saud DuBois coach Jenna Kirk. “Alexa stepped up to the challenge, and it was a great match by both girls.
“Alaina (Heberling) won in second-set tie-breaker at No. 2. That set was really close with a lot of longer rallies, but Alaina handled the pressure very well and never gave up.
“Our doubles teams have all come along since the beginning of the season. They’re all communicating well and going for their shots.”
Despite the loss, Brockway coach John Hawkins was happy with his team’s effort for the most part
“We were pleased with some of our matches,” said Hawkins. “Haley Rummel and Taylor Raybuck are hitting the ball extremely well.
“Gabby won her singles match, which we were pleased with, and we are very pleased with Savannah giving her all in her singles match even though she lost.”
DuBois (12-2) travels to Hollidaysburg today before playing at Punxsutawney in its regular-season finale Thursday.