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Inconsistencies lead to another Punxsy loss

April 20, 2011

Punxsy's Tim Pearce returns the ball in this file photo. Pearce and Mike Blose each won a singles match and combined for a doubles victory during the Chucks' 6-3 loss Wednesday in DuBois. (File photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

DUBOIS — The Punxsy boys' tennis team fell behind during numerous matches and was unable to come back to win during DuBois' 6-3 victory Wednesday in DuBois.

Only two Chucks were victorious Wednesday — Mike Blose and Tim Pearce. Both players won a singles match and teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles contest.

In the No. 4 singles match, Blose led the charge with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Matt Fultz, and Pearce followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Patrick Johnson at No. 5 singles. The combo of Blose and Pearce was then impressive at No. 1 doubles, downing the Beavers' No. 1 and 3 singles players, Trey Gilmore and Palmer Casteel, 9-8 (8-6).

"Mike and Tim did a good job today. They're playing with lots of confidence, and they're playing well," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "When you're hot, you're hot. Those guys are smoking pretty good right now."

At No. 1 singles, Punxsy's Dave Roberts fell behind 1-5 during both sets. Gilmore won, 6-3, 6-3.

Brandon Bish lost in straight sets, even though he led 4-2 at one point. Alex Davis defeated Bish, 7-5, 6-1.

"He couldn't find any rhythm after the first set," Heigley said. "The momentum he built at the beginning of the match, he couldn't keep it going the rest of the match."

Casteel won the other singles match. Casteel, who was DuBois' No. 1 player last week, beat Adam Murdock 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 3 slot.

In doubles action, DuBois' Alex Davis and Ian Davis topped Jacob Palaschak and Nick Roberts, 8-5; Johnson and Colton Adams were victorious over Eddie Serafin and Matt Weaver, 8-6; and Charlie Hughes and Jacob Beers beat Anthony Pascuzzo and Joe Roberts, 8-4.

"A couple of those doubles had some unforced errors and probably should have won or been closer than the score indicated," Heigley said. "We have to do a much better job of getting more depth on our shots and start working the corners."

Even in the loss, Heigley saw progression with his team, which lost twice to DuBois (4-1) last year.

"We battled through pretty much every match," Heigley said. "It's something that we can build on. They're probably our toughest test in Class AAA as far as DuBois is concerned."

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