Indians roll past Tussey Mountain
Juniata keeps streak alive, tops Titans
MIFFLINTOWN — Juniata not only battled Tussey Mountain, but the elements as well. But in the end, the Indians managed to handle both in their 5-0 victory over the Titans in boys tennis action on Thursday.
“Basically everyone showed up to play,” Indians coach Sheri Landis said. “It was cold and windy and I was a little concerned about that to start but they pulled through.”
The match was played with the snow coming down and heavy winds flowing across the court, but it wasn’t enough to cool off the heat that was coming off the rackets of Max Lauver and his opponent in Tussey Mountain’s Liam O’Hagan.
Both players were zipping the ball back and forth throughout the match, having long volleys with one another.
However, what it ultimately came down to was the closing shots where Lauver had the clear advantage over O’Hagan. As the volleys that seem where it could have gone forever, Lauver patiently was buying his time before finding his opening to strike.
Lauver defeated O’Hagan in straight sets with each set having the same final score of 6-0.
“That was his first time at number one singles and I was pleased,” Landis said. “Because his opponent really had a strong fore hand and I saw some pretty sharp shots at him and he was hitting just as we’ll back so I’d say job well done.”
Adam French competed in the second singles match up against the Titans’ Ethan Schneider. Much like the first singles match, French showed great patience on the court, buying his time before putting the final nail in the coffin.
French defeated Schneider in the first set by the final score of 6-1 before taking the second set 6-0 to take the win for Juniata.
Emmitt Hibbs represented the Indians against Tussey Mountain’s Kieran Gresko in the third singles where Hibbs put the pressure on Gresko and did not let up, defeating Gresko in straight sets as well, winning both sets by the final of 6-1.
The duo of Gavin Kint and Jack Strawser of Juniata took on the team of Vinny Scavone and Luke Barnett in the first doubles match up.
Kint and Strawser had to work a bit in the first set before finishing the job winning the first set 6-2, before settling down a bit in the second set for Kint and Strawser as then completed the second set with a 6-0 victory over Cavone and Barnett.
The final match of the evening was between the team of Zach Marshall and Xane Whitsel of Juniata taking on the duo of Ameila Dibert and Kameron Horton of Tussey Mountain.
Marshall and Whitsel went on to defeat Dibert and Horton also in straight sets winning the first set 6-1 before completing the five match sweep with a 6-0 win in the second set.
“I just see their confidence building,” Landis said. “From our first match to now, I just see a total difference. They walk out onto the court and they’re ready to play. They not only want to win, they think they can and so that means a lot.”
Juniata improves with the win but it will have to wait a bit before trying to keep the winning streak going as the Indians will not play again until April. 8 when they will travel to face Shikellamy.
Coach Landis feels very confident in her teams’ ability to win despite the layoff. During that time Landis wants to make sure that her team continues to show improvement working on the basics.
“We’re always looking to improve our volleys, and I feel like our ground strokes are really strong,” Landis said. “Footwork is another part I’d like to see improve, some of our over hand shots, so those are the things that I like to work on. I would also like to give some of the JVs a chance to have some matches.”
Juniata 5, Tussey Mountain 0
Max Lauver def. Liam O’Hagan, 6-0, 6-0
Adam French def. Ethan Schneider, 6-1, 6-0
Emmitt Hibbs def. Kieran Griesko, 6-1, 6-1
Gavin Kint/Jack Strawswer def. Vinny Scavone/Luke Barnett, 6-2, 6-0
Zach Marshall/Xane Whitsel def. Amelia Dibert/Kameron Horton, 6-1, 6-0