Crusader tennis team downs Dutch squad

The Elk County Catholic Crusader tennis team handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch squad an 8-1 loss Friday afternoon at the SMAHS courts. This was the completion of a match that began last Thursday but was halted by rain.“This was a good, quality win for us. St. Marys always is a challenge and we were able to overcome them today,” said ECCHS coach Nick Caggiano. “For the most part we looked sharp. On clay you have to be very aware and alert and I think we accomplished that today.”At first singles, ECC’s Ben Wortman defeated Michael Fox 6-2, 6-1.At second singles, Drew Meyer of the Crusaders defeated Evan Lepovetsky 1-6, 6-3, 14-12 in a three-set tiebreaker.Shane Mancuso of the Crusaders defeated D.J. Challingsworth 6-3, 6-2 at third singles.At fourth singles, Dutchman Jarrod Lipsey was not present for the make-up match as he is a member of the SMA drumline, which is competing in Wildwood, N.J. this weekend, and as a result ECC’s Scott Reichard won 6-3, 2-0.At fifth singles, Dalton Gennocro of the Dutch defeated Aaron Meier in a hard-fought battle, three-set tiebreaker, 2-6, 6-1, 12-10.“Ben and Shane played well to get the job done. They looked sharp. Drew had to really dig deep in his three-set battle with Evan (Lepovetsky). They were both making good shots and Drew was able to pull himself across the finish line. Aaron lost a tough one today, but really had some nice shots in the process. It could have gone either way and he fell just short of the mark,” said Caggiano.At first doubles, Ben Wortman and Shane Mancuso of ECC defeated Michael Fox and Evan Lepovetsky 8-5. At second doubles, Elk’s Scott Krellner and Alex Herzing defeated Gary Fledderman and Eric Uhl 8-5.Scott Reichard and Aaron Meier of ECC defeated Dalton Gennocro and D.J. Challingsworth 8-4.At fourth doubles, Alan Brennen and Austin Minard of the Crusaders defeated Zach Fox and Deric Luvaas 8-2.“For our doubles, we were able to get four wins with good serves and accuracy. I think we could have been a little more aggressive out there, but we did what we had to do to get the win,” said Caggiano.“I was very pleased with how we responded to coming back from this match when it was rained out last week. It shows our concentration and focus,” he added.“Both teams played well today in a match that had weather playing another factor with raindrops in between points, but we were able to get the match in,” said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky.Next up for both squads is the District 9-AA singles tournament scheduled for Monday at DuBois Area High School. Representing St. Marys Area will be Michael Fox and Evan Lepovetsky. Elk Catholic will be represented by Shane Mancuso and Ben Wortman.Next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at the DuBois Area High School courts, St. Marys and Elk Catholic will square off again, this time for the District 9-AA team championship.