Tigers take early districts exit
After the opening rounds of the PIAA District 2 tennis singles championships were postponed a day from early morning rain, the courts of Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre were abuzz with the sound of a multitude of matches being played Friday morning.
Unfortunately, the players representing Tunkhannock Area wouldn’t get the chance to play on Monday.
Tunkhannock seniors Tony Shao and Dan Greenip were both bounced in the first round of competition in the Class AA championships.
Greenip took to the courts first and squared off against Wyoming Area’s Mike Werbin.
Werbin had some early struggles with his first serves, allowing Greenip to take some early points, as Tunkhannock head coach Jeff Underwood and fellow Tiger teammates watched in folding chairs high atop the hill facing the courts.
But Werbin eventually found his rhythm and pulled ahead to take the first set, 6-2. In the second set, Greenip couldn’t find an answer and took a 6-0 loss.
After Scranton Prep’s Keller McGurrin, the No. 1 seed in Class AA, made quick work of his opponent, Shao was up against McGurrin’s teammate, Pete Kasmierczak, who was the No. 6 seed.
Kasmierczak overmatched Shao, and cruised to a win in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
In Class AA, it was Prep’s McGurrin who cruised to a District 2 title in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) over Wyoming Seminary’s Chris Kim.
Top-seeded Andrew Neidig of Delaware Valley took the class AAA title, beating out fellow teammate Carl Pallini for a 6-0, 6-4 win.