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Unforced errors cost Chucks season-opener

March 28, 2011

DUBOIS — Punxsy boys' tennis coach Todd Heigley feels that his team was only a few unforced errors away from beating DuBois Central Catholic in their opener Monday afternoon.

The Chucks lost late leads and a match in a tiebreaker, which may have given them a chance at victory.

But Punxsy (0-1) couldn't pick up enough wins and fell 6-3 at DuBois Central Catholic (1-0).

"A couple times, we were up in our matches and weren't able to get wins," Heigley said. "We've got a long way to come mentally as far as learning how to win. But, I think we got the first match jitters out of the way. I was pleased with how we played."

Heigley said that he thought the Chucks could win 5-4 if they won a few more close matches.

Punxsy's Joe Roberts and Anthony Pascuzzo, who lost to Billy Edwards and Tommy Boyer 9-8 (7-2) in a tiebreaker, played their match close.

"Joe and Anthony's match seemed like it was tied at 3-3 for a long time," Heigley said. "We just had too many unforced errors today. But I'm sure that DuBois' coach would say the same thing because neither side played a flawless match."

Punxsy picked up two wins from its fourth and fifth singles players — Tim Pearce and Jake Palaschak — and its third doubles team, consisting of Kevin Seitz and Matt Weaver.

"Timmy's been pretty consistent, and he came on at the end of last season," Heigley said. "I really like the progress that I've seen from Kevin Seitz, Pearce and Weaver."

Pearce beat DuBois Central Catholic's Jake Peck 6-2, 6-1, and Palaschak beat Jacob Aravich 6-1, 6-0.

Seitz and Weaver beat Elliot Laparne and Jake Krause, 8-2.

Heigley felt that even though the team couldn't earn the win, he was happy that some of his players got confidence-building wins.

"With Hollidaysburg and St. Marys coming up next week, it was important for some of the guys to pick up wins," Heigley said. "Hollidaysburg is always tough, and I think St. Marys is returning all of its singles players from last season."

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