DuBOIS — The third-seeded St. Marys boys tennis team advanced to the District 9 Class AA Team Tournament finals with a 3-2 win over No. 2 DuBois Central Catholic in the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at City Park.
St. Marys’ Jordan Romain and Dawson Lion took singles match, while Zepth Woeful and Joey Lewis took a doubles match for the Dutchmen.
Romain beat Central’s Markus Peterson at No. 1, while Lion needed three sets to beat the Cardinals’ Liam Barnett.
Woelfel and Lewis defeated Kiki Blakley and Cullen Engle, 6-1, 6-4.
“I knew it would come down to one match and it did at No. 3 singles,” said DCC coach Andy Rice. “Liam Barnett fought hard in the match, but Dawson Lion was just too consistent. Lion controlled the points and did a good job limiting his errors.”
For DCC, Alex Micknis won their lone singles match as he beat Connor Dalessandro, 6-1, 6-1.
“Alex Micknis played very well again for us today,” said Rice. “He’s shown improvement every match this year and I’m very proud of the player he’s become. Markus Peterson only won three games today, but he competed in every point against the best player in the district. Those two have been our leaders all year and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do at districts.”
Michael Zaffuto and Jon Prebe won at No. 2 doubles for the Cardinals with a 7-5, 6-1 straight-set win over St. Marys’ Garrett Struble and Cody Schaberl.
“I’m very proud of this team because they worked hard all season and never gave up on a match, a game, or even a point,” Rice said. “This senior group has some great competitors and that’s why we won so many matches this year. This is a great group of kids and I’m so appreciative of their dedication and hard work. Most of all they are just really great kids. I have had so much fun coaching them every day.
“St. Marys deserves credit. We didn’t beat ourselves today. They played a better match and came out on top. I wish them luck in the finals.”
In the other district semifinal on Wednesday:
PUNXSUTAWNEY — No. 4 Brockway got a pair of singles wins and one doubles to upset top-seeded Punxsutawney, 3-2.
Tyler Foradori and Mason Lindemuth each won singles matches in straight sets for the Rovers. Anthony Esposito and Josh Salada also took a straight sets win in doubles for the win.
St. Marys and Brockway will play in the District 9 Class AA Team Championship on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined.