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Punxsy's strengths in singles lead to victory

April 14, 2011

Punxsy's Mike Blose serves the ball in this photo from Monday. The Chucks beat Elk County Catholic Thursday in St. Marys, 5-4. (File photo by Josh Rizzo/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy boys' tennis team won four of five singles matches en route to its second consecutive victory Thursday afternoon, 5-4, over Elk County Catholic in St. Marys.

Upon taking a 4-1 lead, the Chucks' No. 1 doubles tandem won to clinch the victory.

"It was a good test and a good win. You can see the team's confidence when we're playing," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "We really dominated the singles, which was kind of nice."

Those singles wins came from David Roberts, Adam Murdock, Mike Blose and Tim Pearce. Roberts then combined with Brandon Bish in doubles action to help the Chucks (2-2) win the fifth match.

Roberts handled Shane Mancuso, 6-2, 6-2; Murdock bested Nate Dattoli, 6-4, 6-3; Blose took out Jon Leuschel, 6-1, 7-5; and Pearce beat Darren Simons, 6-4, 6-4.

Punxsy's only singles loss came from Bish. Ben Wortman, who Heigley said was by far the Crusaders' best and most athletic player, beat Bish 6-1, 6-1.

Bish came back to win with Roberts in doubles play, as the two used a 5-0 lead to defeat Wortman and Mancuso, 8-4.

"They were pretty much cruising right along," Heigley said.

In the other doubles matches, Scott Krellner and Simons beat Jacob Palaschak and Matt Blose, 8-6; Dattoli and Tyler Herzing were victorious over Eddie Serafin and Nick Roberts, 9-7; and Kyler Breakey and Scott Reichard topped Anthony Pascuzzo and Joe Roberts, 8-6.

"All three of those (duos) had leads and let them slip away," Heigley said of his final three doubles teams. "Doubles tennis is like an avalanche. You can start out like you're going to take to the whole town. Then, you hit a road block that changes your path."

Heigley said he was still happy with how all of his doubles teams battled.

The Chucks will try to extend their winning streak to three when they host Bradford at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in their second home match of the season.

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