Chucks take care of Clearfield for first win

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy senior Dave Roberts had to fight hard to pick up his first win of the season Monday afternoon at Punxsutawney Area High School.

Roberts, the Chucks' No. 1 singles player, lost the first set 7-5. After forcing a tiebreaker by winning the second set, 6-3, he fell behind by three points in the tiebreaker.

He rebounded and came back to earn his first win of the season with a 10-7 win in the tiebreak, which helped Punxsy (1-2) beat Clearfield, 9-0.

"I felt that I played well at times," Roberts said. "There are some things I still need to improve on, like getting my feet set. It's always good to get your first win because then it shows you that you can win."

Roberts felt that the second set was the turning point.

"I went up 4-0, and I was able to finish the set with the win," Roberts said.

Head coach Todd Heigley said he didn't want to leave Roberts' match to see how the rest of the team was doing.

"It was exciting, and they went back and forth for a while," Heigley said. "He's been our most consistent player, so to see him get a win like that in a tight match should help his confidence tenfold."

Heigley said he was pleased that Punxsy earned the sweep, but he didn't expect the Chucks to win like they did.

"I was expecting a tighter match, but a win's a win," Heigley said. "It's a confidence builder for us. We had some close matches against Hollidaysburg (last Monday) and didn't finish matches."

Mike Blose won his No. 4 singles match by earning a double-bagel, beating Cory Maines 6-0, 6-0. Blose also teamed up with Tim Pearce for No. 1 doubles, taking down Ryan Butler and Vince Owens, 8-4.

"I thought Tim and Mike did a nice job today," Heigley said.

Also winning singles matches for Punxsy were Brandon Bish (6-3, 6-1 over Kunal Patel); Adam Murdock (6-3, 6-4 over Ryan Bowers); and Pearce (6-4, 6-0 over Jordan McAllister).

In addition to the Blose and Pearce doubles wins, the Chucks' other doubles victories came from Matt Weaver and Jake Palaschak (8-0 over Jon Baumbarger and Ben Panebianco); Nick Roberts and Eddie Serafin (8-1 over Chase Wise and Wyatt Strike); and Anthony Pascuzzo and Joe Roberts (8-1 over Doug Howe and Jacob Kunkel).

Even with the result, Heigley saw things he would like the team to work on, such as limiting unforced errors.

"We still need to get some of the kinks and wrinkles out," Heigley said. "I would say that Dave had about 30 unforced errors and Brandon had about 15. We need to clean things up and focus on putting the ball in play and not getting too fancy."

The Chucks will host Johnsonburg at 3:30 p.m. today and will look to even their record.