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Williamsport boys tennis defeats Central Mountain

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Central Mountain’s Jackson Walker returns a shot against Williamsport’s Zach Lake at No. 3 singles Monday.

Not many teams have been able to beat Williamsport this season, and while Central Mountain gave Williamsport a tough match, the Millionaires escaped the Central PA Tennis Center with yet another win, beating the Wildcats, 3-2.

Williamsport’s Alex Norris defeated Central Mountain’s Ethan Hall in No. 2 singles. Norris won 6-2, 6-2 to get the victory. In No. 3 singles, Williamsport’s Zach Lake took down Central Mountain’s Jackson Walker 6-2, 6-2.

The Millionaires and Wildcats split in doubles action. Evan Beiter and Hemberth Pena-Vasquez earned the victory for Williamsport in No. 1 as Asher Talbot and Lucas Porter worked the win for Central Mountain in No 2 doubles.

Millionaires coach John Dorner has been pleased with the way his team has been playing as of late.

“I think we’ve played really well since they didn’t play last year. It’s hard without the one year, you don’t know where they’re at,” Dorner said.

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Williamsport’s Abheet Sarker and Ben Manetta (above) compete against Central Mountain’s Asher Talbot and Lucas Porter at No. 2 doubles Monday.

Dorner said he hopes his team can reel in another district title.

“We want to try to repeat district champions, but it will be tough to beat Hollidaysburg or State College or whoever is there,” Dorner said.

Right after defeating Williamsport’s Kyle Shuler in two sets to add to his already record-shattering freshman resume, Central Mountain freshman David Lindsay went back to work. The freshman began practicing, already preparing for his next challenge.

Lindsay earned the 6-2, 6-0 victories as he managed to complete the season-sweep of Shuler.

“He’s a self-motivated individual who works his tail off to be as good as he is. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with his demeanor. He works very well with the other guys. I’ve been very pleased with his athleticism. He’s a heck of an athlete,” Central Mountain coach Pete Wert said.

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Central Mountain’s Ethan Hall looks to return a serve against Williamsport’s Alex Norris at No. 2 singles Monday at the Central PA Tennis Center.

The success Lindsay’s been able to capture this year is solely based upon his technique and athleticism between the lines.

“He’s got awesome technique, that comes through repetition. He also focuses on agility and drills that make him faster and better equipped to cover the court. He can be out of position and still cover a shot,” Wert said.

With already a district title under his belt and a decent number of matches left to be played, Wert said Lindsay’s eyes are set on finishing among the top at the state tournament.

“We’ve been talking about it. He’s played several of the kids. We’re hoping we go down there and play well. It’s his first year, he’s a freshman, we’ll see how he does,” Wert said.

All the freshman wants to do is keep playing.

RALPH WILSON/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Williamsport’s Alex Norris competes against Central Mountain’s Ethan Hall during competition at No. 2 singles during a high school match on Monday at the Central PA Tennis Center.

“I want to go to at least the second round of states. I just need to keep playing,” Lindsay said.

Lindsay said that is what truly helps him reach his full potential. including Monday’s victory for him against Shuler, who he said improved since the last time they met.

“I just practice.Before last week I had a tournament where I was able to play some good competition,” Lindsay said. “He was just playing better. I felt like he was playing more solid.”

SINGLES

1. David Lindsay (CM) def. Kyle Shuler, 6-2, 6-0; 2. Alex Norris (W) def. Ethan Hall, 6-2, 6-2; 3. Zach Lake (W) def. Jackson Walker, 6-2, 7-5.

DOUBLES

1. Evan Beiter/Hemberth Pena-Vasquez (W) def. Nate Brinker/Leisher Gugino, 6-0, 6-2; 2. Asher Talbot/Lucas Porter (CM) def. Abheet Sarker/Ben Manetta, 1-6, 7-6, 10-6.

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