BROCKWAY — For the second season in a row, the Brockway boys tennis team is enjoying a win over DuBois.
The Rovers’ Tyler Foradori and Adam Sabatose each won matches in singles and doubles to lead Brockway to a 4-3 season-opening win on Tuesday afternoon at Brockway High School.
Brockway swept DuBois last year, winning both matchups by the same 8-1 score.
“First match out, I’m very happy,” said Brockway head coach Lori Sabatose. “We performed very well.
“I’m just proud of all of them. They really hit the ball well. They moved well and they gave it their all. That’s all I can ask. It’s an overall great team effort.”
For DuBois, it was their second match of the season after starting the season with a tough match in Hollidaysburg with a 9-0 loss.
“It was a close one today,” said Beavers head coach Jenna Kirk. “It could have definitely gone either way. There were a lot of close ones.”
The two teams split the singles matches, as Brockway took the Nos. 1 and 2 matches. After starting out with a close 7-6 set, Foradori went on to play even better in the second set with a 6-2 victory to win the match in straight sets.
Adam Sabatose had a very gutty performance at No. 2 singles against DuBois’ Glenn Kirk. Sabatose lost the first set 7-5 before getting back on track with a 6-2 win in the second set.
The junior finished off the match with a 10-7 win in a third-set tiebreaker.
“I’m real proud of Adam,” said Coach Sabatose. “He lost the first set 7-5 and they were back-and-forth the whole match. I told him to be calm, consistent and move in the second set and he did it. The other guy was serving well, but (Adam) was returning better. In that tiebreaker, I didn’t know how it was going to go. He just hustled and played smart.
“Tyler had a close match too. To have him do extremely well was great. I think Adam and Tyler really won that match for us today winning singles and doubles.”
The Beavers took the third and fourth singles matches, and the No. 3 singles match was one of the ones to watch for the day.
DuBois’ Henry Sutter and Brockway’s Anthony Esposito faced each other in both athlete’s first singles matches of their careers.
Esposito came out of the gate with a 6-3 win in the first set, but Sutter found his return game in the second set after a rough first set to win 7-5.
Sutter was winning 5-2 in the second set before Esposito roared back to tie it at 5, with Sutter winning the final two games.
Esposito started out the third-set tiebreaker with a quick 2-0 lead, but Sutter came back with six unanswered points to take a 6-2 lead.
Once again, Esposito found his way back into the match and tied the tiebreaking set at six-all before Sutter won four of the final six points to win, 10-8.
“I think he surprised us all,” said Kirk of Sutter. “I’d definitely call him the darkhorse of the team this year. He actually almost beat Glenn in our seeding tournament this year.
“He just picked up a racket about a month ago. He’s that athletic and he has that drive to win. That says a lot about him. He’s doing very well for being that new to tennis.”
Paul Brittain finished out singles with a clean 6-0, 6-2 win over Brendan Allison at No. 4 singles, as the two teams split the singles matches.
Foradori and Sabatose repeated their work in singles matches as they beat Hnat and Kirk, 8-4, in No. 1 doubles.
DuBois returned the favor at No. 2 doubles as Sutter and Brittain defeated Esposito and Allison 8-5.
The deciding match at No. 3 doubles also came down to the tiebreaker as the Rovers’ Josh Salada and Mason Lindenmuth beat DuBois’ Ben Suslow and Corey Giles, 9-8, with a 10-8 tiebreaker for the win.
Coach Kirk, who is also the Lady Beavers’ tennis coach in the fall, said she would like to see more consistency from her players.
“The girls are more about consistency, and that’s the big thing that I would like to work on,” she said. “I know the guys like to go for a lot of big shots to win points real quick. In District 9, I think consistency usually wins out. That’s definitely a big thing to work on, for singles and doubles.
“We really need to work on doubles. There’s a lot of stuff to work on, but there are also some really good things going for us too.”
Both teams are back in action on Thursday. DuBois (0-2) has their home opener against DuBois Central Catholic, while Brockway (1-0) travels to Punxsutawney.