HYDE — After DuBois Central Catholic’s Markus Peterson and Alex Micknis were both eliminated by Punxsutawney’s Matt Blose in last week’s District 9 Class AA Singles Tournament, it was a matter of tough luck that they would see Blose again.
Micknis was eliminated in the quarterfinals, while Peterson was ousted in the semis last week.
The Cardinal Nos. 1 and 2 players teamed up in the District 9 Class AA Doubles Tournament on Monday at Clearfield High School.
Peterson and Micknis started off the tournament about as well as they could have, but ran into the buzzsaw of Blose and teammate Adam Milliron in the finals.
The DCC pairing never really got the chance to get anything going as they were bounced by Blose and Milliron, 6-1, 6-2, in the championship match.
Blose and Milliron will represent District 9 in the PIAA Championships on May 27 at the Hershey Racquet Club.
Blose just missed out on making the trip to Hershey last week as he fell to St. Marys’ Jordan Romain in the singles finals, but cashed in on the trip Monday and left no doubt.
Blose and Milliron gave up just five games throughout their four matches on the day.
“They played a very good team in the finals,” said DCC coach Andy Rice. “Matt is a great player. He’s a singles runner-up, but people don’t realize Adam Milliron is really good, too.”
“Our guys played tough in the final round. It wasn’t just our guys making bad shots or making a lot of errors. They forced the other team to make good shots, and they just did. There was really nothing you could do to stop them.”
Peterson and Micknis were immediately broken in their first game, while Blose and Milliron held serve to go up 2-0 in the first set.
The Cardinal duo held serve in the third game of the set, but the Chucks went on to win the next four games for a 6-1 win in the first set.
Peterson and Micknis earned a break in their first game of the second set, but the Punxsy duo went back to their dominant ways and took the next five games.
Both teams then won a service game each to set the final at 6-2.
Peterson and Micknis were about as dominant as Blose and Milliron to start the tournament. They blanked Johnsonburg’s Louie Karellas and Theo Schield, 10-0, in the first round before beating St. Marys’ Connor Dalessandro and Dawson Lion, 10-1, in the quarterfinals.
Peterson and Micknis eliminated Brockway’s Adam Sabatose and Tyler Foradori, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals.
“Obviously they had a really good start to the day,” said Rice. “They only had lost a total of four games, which is absolutely phenomenal.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them. They really carried our team all year. Hopefully they’ve given us a foundation to build our program on. They’ve been awesome all year long.”
As for Blose and Milliron, they defeated Clearfield’s Joe Schultz and Carter Wood (10-0) in the first round, Brockway’s Mason Lindenmuth and Anthony Esposito (10-1) in the quarters and Johnsonburg’s Tyler Martonik and Henry Toncich (6-1, 6-) in the semis.
Sabatose and Foradori started their day by getting pass Bradford’s Jarod Lucas and Eric Degolier, 10-8. They also defeated Punxsy’s Chandler Emhoff and Sammy Gigliotti, 10-3, in the quarters.
Martonik and Toncich beat DCC’s Liam Barnett and Kiki Blakley (10-3) in the first round before getting by Elk County Catholic’s Ryan Newton and Nick Daghir (10-7).
In other local matches, Lindenmuth and Esposito beat St. Marys’ Zeph Woelfel and Joey Lewis, 10-6, in the first round. Newton and Daghir beat Bradford’s Mitch Forbes and Brent Kennedy, 10-7.
Dalessandro and Lion edged Clearfield’s Jason Bell and Ryan Spencer, 10-8, in the first round. Emhoff and Gigliotti knocked out Elk County Catholic’s Anthony Pollick and Charlie Bobby, 10-6.
Blose and Milliron will play the District 11 champions on May 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the first round of the PIAA Class AA Championships.