DuBOIS — In the first match of the season this spring, the Brockway and DuBois tennis teams had three of the seven matches –two singles and one doubles –go to tiebreakers.
Fast forward to Tuesday evening, the two teams met for the second time this season and once again had three tiebreakers, all of them coming in singles matches.
Just like the first meeting, the Rovers took two of the three tiebreakers on Tuesday, which turned out to be key as Brockway came away with a 5-2 win on DuBois’ Senior Night.
“I think both teams got better,” said DuBois coach Jenna Kirk. “The score wasn’t the same, but the matches were just as close. It was still a pretty even match.”
Beaver seniors Glenn Kirk, Cody Shakespeare and Henry Sutter were honored before the match for their dedication to the DuBois tennis program.
The Rovers won three of four singles matches, and got two more on the doubles side for the win.
Joe Hnat came away with the lone singles win for DuBois at No. 1, and had the lone tiebreaker win for the Beavers.
Brockway’s Adam Sabatose took the first set from Hnat, 6-4, before Hnat rallied back.
Hnat, who was also down 4-3 in the second set, battled back. It started when he lost his footing on a point in the middle of the set. The junior got back to his feet and collected himself, and still managed to somehow win the point as he floated the ball past Sabatose. Sabatose’s desperation shot over hit the net for the point.
It proved to be a sign for things to come for Hnat as he battled back to win a second-set tiebreaker, 11-9.
In the third set, Hnat jumped out to a 5-2 lead before Sabatose got it back to even at 7-7 and 8-8. Hnat managed to get the last two points, with match point coming on a ball that Sabatose couldn’t get to for the 10-8 set win.
“That’s a huge win for him,” said Kirk. “That says a lot about him being able to come back that far down. Losing the first set is always hard to come back from. To be that close in the second set and still pull it out, that was great for him.”
“Adam and Tyler (Foradori, the Brockway No. 2 player) have really been pushing each other,” said Brockway coach Lori Sabatose. “I’m just so proud of how Adam played, even though he lost in the tiebreaker. Both of them, their games have improved.”
Foradori earned a quick win over Kirk at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win, but the other two singles matches were very close.
Brockway’s Mason Lindemuth got a 6-2 win in the first set against Henry Sutter before Sutter came back to take the second set, 6-3. Lindemuth wasn’t going to be denied in the end as he scored a 10-6 win in the tiebreaker.
The match at No. 4 singles was an even bigger win for the Rovers after they were trailing for nearly the entire match.
Anthony Esposito dropped his first set 6-4 to DuBois’ Erik Shaffer before Esposito came back to win the second set 6-2.
In the third set tiebreaker, both sides had their shots as it stayed even for a while. But Shaffer got his way to 9-5 and earned himself four match points in a row.
Esposito worked his way back and denied Shaffer the match on four straight points. At 9-9, Esposito also got the last two points for a thrilling 11-9 win.
“Anthony had a tremendous win,” said Sabatose. “He’s been losing every tiebreaker, and I keep telling him ‘Shake it off. Move to the next point and play.’ He finally got it. He was just a little bit steadier than the other guy. It was so good to see everyone play well today.”
The two teams played the No. 3 doubles match during the singles matches. DuBois’ Nick Troisi and Ben Suslow came away with an 8-6 win over Josh Salada and Weston Hrin, which gave Brockway a 3-2 lead with just No. 1 and 2 doubles to go.
Hnat and Sutter paired at No. 1doubles against Sabatose and Foradori, while Kirk and Shaffer went against Lindemuth and Esposito at No. 2.
Both matches were quick winners on Brockway’s end as both Rover teams finished out action with 8-2 wins.
“It was nice to see quick (doubles) matches because all the singles matches were so tough,” said Sabatose. “Both of the No. 1 and 2 doubles teams are really clicking right now. It’s nice to see them put points away quickly.”
Brockway is back in action this afternoon at Bradford. DuBois visits DuBois Central Catholic on Thursday for a doubleheader.