DuBOIS — When the District 9 Class AA Singles Championship match at City Park finally happened on Wednesday afternoon, it didn’t take long for St. Marys’ Jordan Romain to impress everyone in attendance.
After a postponement on Tuesday, and a rain delay of nearly two hours on Wednesday, Romain made quick work of Punxsutawney’s Matt Blose as he bea the Chuck in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
It was Romain’s second consecutive title as he pulled out a three-set victory over Clearfield’s Kerry Maines last year, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. He was also losing 4-2 in the third set before coming back to win the last four games.
“It feels great, especially after waiting around because of the rain,” said Romain. “I was just glad we finally got to play today.”
“I don’t know what to say. We’re so overjoyed,” said St. Marys coach David Lion. “He’s a great kid. He’s a great leader. He’s great for the younger kids coming up. Great all-around kid. I’m proud to have had the honor to coach him. It’s sad to see him go.”
Romain is the first Dutchman to win two titles in his career since Mark Posteraro won championships in 2001 and 2003. Posteraro also made the championship match in 2002, but lost. His second title came against DuBois Central Catholic’s Andy Rice, who is currently DCC’s coach.
Since Posteraro, Dan Morelli also won a singles championship for St. Marys in 2008, while Jordan’s older brother, Brandon, won the tournament in 2011.
“(Winning two championships) means a lot to me. My brother only won once and I got to win twice,” said Romain with a smile. “That’s awesome.”
After Romain and Blose battled through many points at deuce in the first game of the match, Romain finally got his first game on the board as he broke the Punxsy sophomore in the first game.
That first game was only the starting point for Romain as he finished off the next five games for a 6-0 first set win.
Things didn’t start out nearly as smoothly for Romain in the second set as Blose took the first game easily. The Dutchman then got behind in his service game down love-15 and 15-30.
Romain righted the ship to win the next three points and hold serve.
After that, it was almost all Romain as he got his first break of the second set in the third game, despite Blose blowing by a couple aces in the game.
Romain also gave the break on his next service game as he was down love-40, but battled back to win the next five points to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.
The Dutchman kept on his roll as he easily took the next two games.
Down 5-1, Blose took one more service game before Romain served for the match with four straight points for the championship.
“I was very well-prepared this year,” said Romain. “I came in here and practiced a lot more.
“With a lot of seniors graduating this year, I know Matt is going to do very well the next two years. I hope for the best for him.”
As for the Dutch senior, he will make a return trip to the PIAA Championships at Hershey Racquet Club on May 27. He will play the District 11 champion in the first round.
Last year, Romain was defeated by Moravian Academy’s Zach Shaff in straight sets in the first round.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to Hershey again,” said Lion. “Hopefully we get a lot of good practice the next couple weeks.”