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The St. Marys Area Dutch tennis team opened their season on Saturday with a 4-3 victory over the Altoona Lions Saturday at Altoona.
â€śIt was nice to finally be able to get out and play our first match of the season. The boys were waiting for this day to finally arrive,â€ť said St. Marys coach Sue Lepovetsky.
At first singles, SMAâ€™s Brandon Romain lost his match 6-2, 6-0 to James Doeing.
At second singles, Keith Meyer of the Dutch defeated Chris Reighard 6-3, 6-3.
Dylan Wiesner of the Dutch won his match in three sets over Tyler Hollingsworth, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
At fourth singles, SMAâ€™s Thomas Murmann won his match 6-2, 6-2.
At fifth singles, Dutchman Brandon Orr lost 6-1, 6-2 to Joey Settimio.
At first doubles, Brandon Romain and Keith Meyer of the Dutch lost 8-6 to James Doeing and Chris Reighard.
At second doubles, Dylan Wiesner and Thomas Murmann won their match 8-6.
â€śIt was a very close match and we were able to pull out the win against a very good Altoona team,â€ť said Coach Lepovetsky.
In exhibition matches, Mike Fox and Evan Lepovetsky played doubles and lost 8-6. Dalton Gennocro and Eric Uhl lost in a tiebreaker 9-8 (6-4). Gary Fledderman and D.J. Challingsworth won their match 8-0. Michael Brennen won his singles exhibition match by an 8-3 score.
â€śIt was nice everyone got to play. All in all, it was a good day for not having many outdoor practices. Hopefully, the weather cooperates for all the teams to be able to practice what is needed to get better,â€ť added Lepovetsky.
The Dutch are scheduled to return to action this afternoon when they host the Bradford Owls at 3:30 p.m. at the SMAHS courts.