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Chucks respond to Wednesday's loss to down Rovers

April 21, 2011

Punxsy's Jacob Palaschak (pictured) and Anthony Pascuzzo won the No. 2 doubles match during the Chucks' 9-0 victory Thursday in Brockway. (File photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROCKWAY — The Punxsy boys' tennis team bounced back from Wednesday's 6-3 loss in DuBois with a 9-0 victory Thursday in Brockway to even its record at 3-3.

A constant line that Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley mentioned was his team's ability to respond to various situations Thursday after struggling Wednesday.

"(This win is) a big confidence builder," Heigley said. "We made the adjustments at the right time. We didn't make as many mistakes that we've had in previous matches."

After watching Mike Blose and Tim Pearce — his No. 4 and 5 singles players — win Wednesday, Heigley was close to moving those two to the top of the line Thursday. Instead, he stuck with Dave Roberts, Brandon Bish and Adam Murdock at the top, and they each won in straight sets.

"I was going to switch the lineup today, but I'm glad I didn't," Heigley said. "David, Brandon and Adam responded after some problems Wednesday."

Roberts started with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Fabio Fortunato. Bish beat Joey Britton, 6-3, 6-2, and Murdock bested Noah Serafini, 6-1, 6-0.

"Adam seemed to be back on track a little bit after battling an injury," Heigley said. "He responded well, and Brandon and Dave did the same thing."

After easy first-set victories, Roberts and Bish came from behind to win the second sets. Roberts trailed 4-3 during the second set, and Bish was down 2-1 during the second set.

"They rattled off a couple games in a row," Heigley said. "It was good to see them put some shots together and keep their momentum."

Blose also won 6-1, 6-0 over Jesse Powers, and Pearce was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Alec Bouch.

In doubles action, Blose and Pearce beat Fortunato and Britton, 8-4; Jacob Palaschak and Anthony Pascuzzo topped Serafini and Powers, 9-8 (7-0); Nick Roberts and Bish were victorious over Bouch and Jesse Hoover, 8-1; and Matt Weaver and Joe Roberts beat Tyler Holden and Jordan Olivio, 8-4.

Palaschak and first-year player Pascuzzo, who were playing together for the first time, were down 7-5 during their doubles match, but forced the tiebreaker and won it 7-0.

"They started putting the ball in play. They just started clicking, and I was really happy with that," Heigley said. "Anthony is a new guy, but is a hustler and does a lot with his athletic ability."

Punxsy will have nearly a week off before it visits St. Marys for a 3:30 p.m. start Wednesday.

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