HUGHESTOWN — Once Pittston Area got its first win out of the way, things seemed to fall in place for the Patriot boys tennis team.
After failing to win a match through the first eight and only scoring one point, Pittston Area has turned the tables on the Wyoming Valley Conference by winning two of its last four contests. It all started against the cross-river rivals.
Pittston Area took care of Wyoming Area, 5-0, on Monday, April 18 to secure the team’s first win of the season. The next day, Pittston Area got help from its top doubles team to take care of Wyoming Valley West, 3-2.
“The kids have definitely enjoyed it,” Pittston Area coach Amanda Carmody said. “We played great against WA and Valley West was a close match. The kids were really proud and really excited.”
Against Wyoming Area, Pittston Area’s Jason Homschek took down Austin Alder in the top singles event. Homschek won, 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2, Johnathon Durling was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Joey Skrip. Nick Alfano was a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 winner over Wyoming Area’s Aaron Lewis.
The doubles team of Eric Fritz and Mike Mazurkivich beat Justin Alder and Alex Chronowski, 6-2, 6-3. In the final event, Delmar Guziewicz and John Romanski were a 6-3, 6-2 winners over Zeb Chisdock and Noah Cannell.
Homschek has been the most consistent player for Pittston Area this season. At No. 1 singles, he faces the opposition’s top players, and hangs with them, Carmody said.
“He has been hitting tremendously,” Carmody said. “I am really proud of him. He definitely has shown himself to be a great hitter.”
Against Valley West, Homschek and Alfano won singles matches, while Mazurkivich and Fritz prevailed to lift the Patriots over the Spartans on Tuesday. When it came to Mazurkivich and Fritz, the four other matches were already finished, leaving the score tied at two.
It all came down to the final doubles team for Pittston Area. The duo came out victorious, 6-1, 6-1. Both Mazurkivich and Fritz are first-year players, Carmody said.
“Everyone knew it was coming down to that,” she said. “They really stepped up and they were super calm and focused. They put away so many points.”
Both Pittston Area’s and Wyoming Area’s regular seasons were finished as of Friday, April 22. The District 2 team championships will begin on Friday, May 6 with singles competition beginning on Thursday, May 12. The doubles competition will begin on Wednesday, May 18.
Dallas 5, Wyoming Area 0
Jack Robbins and Cameron Tuck dropped just three games between them in singles competition during Dallas’ sweep on Tuesday.
Hazleton Area 5, Pittston Area 0
Wister Yuhas notched a No. 1 singles match to lead the Cougars to a sweep of Pittston Area on Wednesday.
The Hazelton Area duo of Drew and Brett Gemmell won No. 1 doubles 6-3, 6-3.
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