DuBOIS — St. Marys swept the three doubles matches to secure a 4-3 victory on the road over DuBois Thursday afternoon.
With the match tied at three, it all came down to the No. 2 doubles match, as St. Marys’ Dylan Aiello and Kyle Gardner went up against Zach Johnson and Cody Jaconski for DuBois.
In the end it was the Dutch duo coming out on top, as Aiello and Gardner secured an 8-4 victory to secure the road win for St. Marys.
“We played our best tennis tonight against a very talented DuBois team,” St. Marys head coach Tim Henry said. “There were six tight matches and to come away with four to secure the win really shows that they are improving mentally.”
Cody Schaberl and Lucas Erich got things started for the away side in No. 3 doubles, battling back from a slow start to secure an 8-5 win over Blaze Welpott and Houston Hemke to put the Dutch ahead 1-0.
A pair of singles wins in the top two matches helped the Beavers recapture the match lead.
At No. 1 singles, Jimmy Oberlin used a strong performance to pick up a 6-0, 6-1 win over Adam Snyder, while Lucas Knarr was next to secure a victory for DuBois.
Knarr edged Zach Hart in the first set, winning the tiebreak 7-5 to take the first set 7-6 before finishing off the victory with a 6-4 win in the second set.
Henry noted that despite the loss, he felt Hart played his best match of the year and reached another level with his first serves.
The No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches were both back-and-forth battles that proved to be two of the longest matches of the day.
In the No. 3 singles match, Aiello scrapped his way to a 7-5, 6-3 win over Johnson to help the Dutch tie the match at two wins apiece.
The longest singles match came at No. 4, where Jaconski held off Gardner in the second set to win 6-4, 7-5 to give the Beavers a 3-2 edge heading into the final two matches of the day at No. 1 and 2 doubles.
In the No. 1 doubles match, Snyder and Hart battled back from an early deficit to top Oberlin and Knarr 8-5 to even the overall score at three.
Herny credited both his No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams for battling back after slow starts to their matches.
“Without them finding a way to play better tennis and settle down tonight would have been a loss,” Henry said.
Then Aiello and Gardner completed the doubles sweep for St. Marys with a win in the No. 2 match over Johnson and Jaconski to close out the 4-3 win on the road.
St. Marys returns to the court Monday for a doubleheader on the road with Warren, while DuBois returns to action Tuesday on the road against Brockway.