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Beavers volley past Chucks in tennis

April 30, 2013

Punxsy's Josh Smith hits a return backhand in his singles match against DuBois on Tuesday afternoon in Punxsutawney. The Beavers won the bout 9-0 over the Chucks, but Smith and Jared Burkett presented the visitors with a tough fourth doubles match. (Photo by Chris Myers of The Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The battling Chucks gave it a valiant effort, but a good and deep Beavers boys' tennis squad volleyed to the win, 9-0, on Tuesday in Punxsutawney.

"DuBois has an incredible program. They are solid from the top to the bottom of their roster," noted Punxsy head coach Lisa Good.

The two biggest Chucks' match highlights came at the second and fourth doubles matchups.

In the second doubles pairing, Jared Burkett and Josh Smith hung tough throughout the match and stayed tight with DuBois. The Punxsy pair took four games but fell short, 4-8.

At fourth doubles, Cori States and Nick Wolfe held a 7-4 lead, but could not secure the win. The Punxsy duo saw its foes storm back to edge out a 9-7 victory.

"I know that was a disappointment for them, but it was an incredible accomplishment to do as well as they did," pointed out the Chucks' coach. "All four of these players are in their first year, so I am proud of what they did today."

Punxsy heads right back to the home courts today when it hosts Bradford in a makeup from Monday starting at 3:30 p.m.

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