DuBOIS — The DuBois girls tennis team didn’t need to break too much of a sweat on Thursday afternoon as it shut out Brockway, 7-0, at DuBois High School.
Out of the eight sets between the four singles matches, DuBois only gave up one game in five of the sets, while another set was held scoreless.
“They’re doing really well,” said DuBois coach Jenna Kirk of her singles competitors. “The first match of the season, they were a little nervous, but since then they’ve been doing better. Most of them did not play singles all last year, so I’m very impressed with how they’re doing with the lack of experience.”
Marissa Torretti kept on her roll with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Lady Rovers’ Gabby Sabatose. Sabatose had looked like her luck was changing after winning the first game of the second set, but Torretti won the next six games to close out the match.
At No. 2 singles, the Lady Beavers’ Alexa Zartman defeated Taylor Raybuck by the same score of the Torretti-Sabatose match.
Brockway’s Cameron Hrin had a little bit more success in her No. 3 singles match against DuBois’ Alexis Strouse, but Strouse still came up on the winning end with a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
The Lady Beavers swept the singles matches as DuBois No. 4 player Alaina Heberling made quick work of Brockway’s Kira Fry, 6-1, 6-0.
Brockway was playing without its usual No. 2 player Savannah Buttery, and slid Raybuck and Hrin up a spot, and Fry bumped into singles action.
The top two players from each school teamed up for a match at No. 1 doubles with Torretti and Zartman picking up a quick 8-0 shutout win over Sabatose and Raybuck.
In the best match of the afternoon at No. 2 doubles, Sierra Via and Haley McAnich came away with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Hrin and Fry.
With the two teams going back and forth throughout the first 10 games, Via and McAnich picked up a late break to take a 7-5 lead and were serving for the match.
However, Hrin and Fry earned a break of their own and held service in the next game to tie it up at 7-7.
But Brockway had a little trouble of its own in its next service game after a pair of double faults that led to another DuBois break. That break and another service win gave Via and McAnich the 9-7 win.
“I think all the girls did well,” said Kirk. “Brockway always has a pretty good team. The match there at the end (No. 2 doubles) was a really close one, and that’s nice to see.”
DuBois’ Alexa Alker and Sarah Peters wrapped up the doubles action with an 8-2 win over Brockway’s Haley Rummel and Alexia Seylor.
“Today was a rough one, but we’ll rebound,” said Brockway coach John Hawkins. “We’ll get a good practice in tomorrow. We’ll do what we can, and after that, just go from there. That’s about all we can do.”
Both teams will take the court again on Tuesday. DuBois visits Punxsutawney, while Brockway travels to Bradford.