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Chucks bounce back with big win over DCC

April 29, 2012

Punxsy's Mike Blose makes a play during the boys' tennis match against Bradford April 19. Saturday, Blose was one of the Chucks' leaders against DuBois Central Catholic, picking up wins in both singles and doubles. (Photo by Zak Lantz/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

DUBOIS — Coming off a 9-0 shutout loss to DuBois can be a difficult feat to overcome, but the Punxsy Chucks boys' tennis team was not thwarted.

Saturday, the Chucks traveled to DuBois Central Catholic and easily defeated the Cardinals, 7-2, and improved their overall season record to 4-4.

"I think we were starting to get our momentum there at the end of last week, then we didn't play for nine games, then we lost our competitive edge a bit," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "We're just starting to get back on track. ... Hopefully, we're peaking at the right time. That's how we have to look at it."

Although DCC is going through a bit of a rebuilding year, according to Heigley, he was happy to see the Chucks pull out a win after a disappointing loss to DuBois Friday.

Mike Blose started off the singles competition for the Chucks with the No. 1 match over DCC's Elliott LaParne. Although the match was the tightest of the day, the tiebreaker went in Blose's favor, and he took a 6-3, 3-6, 10-2 victory.

The following three singles matches were more one-sided, as Punxsy took three in a row.

In the No. 2 spot, Tim Pearce took down DCC's Tom Boyer, 6-2, 6-3, and Ryan States followed up with an equally dominating match against DCC's Ben Trinkley. States earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory.

For the fourth win, Punxsy's Nick Roberts had a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Julie Fitzer.

Although the Chucks earned four wins in a row, Heigley said he was im- pressed with the improvement of DCC since the beginning of the season.

"The scores were kind of deceiving," he said. "They gave us a nice challenge."

The only victory for DCC in singles came in the No. 5 match, during which CJ Seitz was taken down in two sets, 6-2, 6-4, by Connor Park.

During doubles, the Chucks had an equally convincing set of victories, earning three wins in a row and losing just three games total.

The No. 1 doubles match featured Pearce and Blose, who earned an 8-0 shutout victory over LaParne and Boyer.

States and Roberts followed that with an 8-1 victory in the No. 2 doubles match against Fitzer and Park.

In the final doubles match on the court, Seitz and Joe Roberts earned an impressive 8-2 win over DCC's Alex McKillop and Justine Cherry.

"We seemed to do very well in doubles," Heigley said. "We were pretty dominant in doubles. They play a different doubles strategy than we do, and it just seemed to work out in our favor."

The Cardinals were credited with a win, as Punxsy was forced to forfeit the last doubles match.

Punxsy faces a three-match week this week but will begin with a day off today for practice.

The Chucks then take on Johnsonburg Tuesday, which Heigley said could be a good test for the boys.

"We haven't seen Johnsonburg yet this year, but I've been told they're pretty competitive," he said. "So we've just got to keep on getting better."

The Chucks will then honest Clearfield Wednesday before traveling to Brockway Tuesday. All three matches will begin at 3:30 p.m.

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