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The Pittston Area and Wyoming Area High School boys tennis teams opened the season this past week under incredible springtime conditions.


Both teams had two matches, finishing the week with identical 1-1 record, including the big crosstown rivalry contest on Thursday at Pittston Area.


Pittston Area opened the season against Coughlin with coach Kim Collins' team upending the Crusaders, 3-2.


No.2 Tyler Woodruff and No.3 Jeremy Homschek, along with the No.1 doubles team of Suraj Pursnani and Terry Briggs, finished in the win column.


For the sixth consecutive year, the WA boys tennis team will not have a home court advantage because of unplayable conditions of the courts. Wyoming Area will play a few selected home matches at Pittston Area this season.


The Warriors opened the season on Wednesday with a trip south on Route 11 to the home of Wyoming Seminary which, year after year, proves to be one of the league's toughest teams. The Blue Knights ruled the court on Wednesday, downing the Warriors, 5-0.


Thursday's matches brought the both teams together at Pittston Area for a Warrior "home" match.


Wyoming Area's third-year head coach Justin DeSanto was optimistic heading into the match, boldly predicting both teams would be 1-1 for the week by the end of the match.


Coach DeSanto's call looked to be in jeopardy early on with the Woodruff twins, No.1 Trent and No.2 Tyle, downing Davide Fanelli and Trevor Alder, respectively.


No.3 singles went to Warrior Billy Gray over Jeremy Homschek in a tough two sets.


Victory for the Warriors would not come until both doubles teams upended the Patriots. The No.1 team of Nick Szewczyk and Jon Scrobola defeated Suraj Pursnani/Terry Briggs, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2 while No.2 Nick Leon and Michael Werbin overtook Justin Coe and Taylor Roberts, 6-3 and 6-2.


The Patriots will host home matches with Tunkhannock Area on March 27 and Holy Redeemer on March 29.


The Warriors will be back on the road against MMI on March 27 and GAR on March 29.


 
 
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