Chucks fall to Golden Tigers on road, 7-0

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Inside and out, the Punxsy boys' tennis team couldn't catch a break Monday afternoon in Hollidaysburg.

The Chucks (0-2) were unable to hang with District VI foe Hollidaysburg, as the Golden Tigers earned a 7-0 victory at home.

Unlike in District IX play, which includes five singles matches and four doubles matches, Monday's contest featured four singles matches and three doubles matches. Punxsy and Hollidaysburg also played pro sets to 10 points, rather than the usual two-set, first-to-six matches.

Midway through the singles matches, the players were forced inside to the Summit Tennis & Athletic Club. Things didn't get much better for the Chucks once the players went inside, as Hollidaysburg won the singles matches decisively.

In singles action, Steven Dodson beat Dave Roberts, 10-0; Cameron Humphrey bested Brandon Bish, 10-0; Donnie Vonada defeated Adam Murdock, 10-2; and Brian Schultz came out on top over Tim Pearce, 10-1.

"They were everything I expected them to be. They could just place the ball anywhere they wanted to. It just frustrates you," Punxsy head coach Todd Heigley said. "We played a lot better once we did get inside, but it was too little, too late."

Punxsy was more competitive in the doubles matches, which were played inside the Summit complex.

Amir Alkhafaji and John Johnson were winners over Eddie Serafin and Jacob Palaschak, 10-2; Robbie Vonada and Jared Kimble beat Nick Roberts and Mike Blose, 10-4; and James Nackley and Zach Ottaway defeated Matt Weaver and Anthony Pascuzzo, 10-6.

"In doubles, we battled pretty well against them," Heigley said. "I thought our doubles were pretty competitive. It shows that we have depth as we go down the lineup."

Hollidaysburg has the opportunity to practice indoors whenever poor weather arrives. The Chucks hadn't practiced since last Tuesday, and it showed Monday.

"It's not a disappointment. We were a little rusty and didn't play that well," Heigley said. "It's a nice experience for the guys to play indoors and see that kind of venue. If we play well and get to states, we'll be playing indoors."

The Chucks will continue a difficult week on the road when they face St. Marys at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Dutch are the reigning District IX Class AA Champions.

"This is probably our toughest week of the season when you look back at it," Heigley said. "St. Marys has a lot of players back from a Class AA championship. They're quite seasoned, and we're not young, but are still trying to find our way and get people into some spots that I think they should be in."