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The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch tennis team successfully defended their District 9 Class AA team title Wednesday when they defeated the Elk County Catholic Crusaders by a 4-1 score in a match played at Benzinger Park.
â€śIt was a very, very good match. The boys did well,â€ť said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky. â€śWe spent a long time preparing for this, especially with the weather.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s nice to see the team repeat as District 9 champions,â€ť she added.
The Dutch went up 1-0 when Brandon Romain defeated Ben Wortman 6-1, 6-2 at second singles.
Nathan Hansen gave the Dutch the 2-0 lead when he defeated Shane Mancuso 6-2, 6-2 at first singles.
St. Marys clinched the title when Keith Meyer downed Peter Pontzer 6-1, 6-0 at third singles, giving St. Marys the 3-0 lead.
St. Marysâ€™ first double duo of Dylan Wiesner and Thomas Murmann gave the Dutch the 4-0 lead when they defeated Nate Dattoli and Tyler Herzing 6-1, 6-0.
The Crusaders got on the board when Scott Krellner and Darren Simons defeated Brandon Orr and Michael Fox 6-2, 6-2 at second doubles.
â€śI am glad we got on the board this year. Last year they beat us 5-0,â€ť said ECCHS coach Nick Caggiano.
â€śThe whole team effort this year has been great. They put everything into it every match.
â€śShane continues to improve. He is serving well, which bodes well for his future. Ben came up short today, but he is playing aggressive tennis. Peter was a little overpowered today, but he is playing consistent tennis.
â€śNate and Tyler were a little overmatched today. They were challenged today and their competitive nature showed through. Scott and Darren really pulled it together with their ability. They showed determination in their match.â€ť
The Dutch will enter the PIAA Class AA team tournament next Tuesday when they travel to the Alpha Tennis Center in Harmar to take on the District 7 champion at a time to be announced.
The Crusaders will return to action today when they play DuBois Central in a doubleheader at the Benzinger and Memorial park courts. Action is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.
The District 9 Class AAA and AA doubles tournaments are scheduled to be played Monday at the DuBois Area High School courts.
In Class AAA, DuBois defeated Punxsutawney 4-1 to advance to Tuesdayâ€™s PIAA Class AAA tournament.
The results of Wednesdayâ€™s matches follow:
First singles - Nathan Hansen - SM defeated Shane Mancuso - EC, 6-2, 6-2.
Second singles - Brandon Romain - SM defeated Ben Wortman - EC, 6-1, 6-2.
Third singles - Keith Meyer - SM defeated Peter Pontzer - EC, 6-1, 6-0.
First doubles - Dylan Wiesner and Thomas Murmann - SM defeated Nate Dattoli and Tyler Herzing - EC, 6-1, 6-0.
Second doubles - Scott Krellner and Darren Simons - EC defeated Brandon Orr and Michael Fox - SM, 6-2, 6-2.