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Warriors maul the Mounts, 6-1
With each swing of the racquet and each volley across the net against a Mountaineer opponent, the Warriors’ game improved.
“As I watched their matches, I could see our kids getting better as the match went on,” said Warwick coach Ron Wanner, whose players’ court time was limited during the pre-season due to a long winter. “And they agreed. They said, ‘Yeah, we felt more comfortable the more we played.’”
It showed in what ended up as a 6-1 Section One-opening win for the Warriors over their back-yard rivals in Ephrata. The veteran Warwick boys &tstr; with five seniors in their top six &tstr; swept singles behind seniors Tony Deimler, Luke Newberry, Matt Pennypacker and Caleb Setlock and then closed it out with a pair of doubles victories.
Their doubles teams benefited from an unexpected practice on Monday. Their scheduled match against Garden Spot was postponed due to snow which arrived on Sunday night, but the weather turned enough for them to get on the courts.
“We had a nice practice (Monday) night,” Wanner said. “It was cold, but it was the first time we’ve had a chance to do much doubles. It showed tonight (against Ephrata). I was so happy we got that in. It was kinda like we stole a day.”
There was nothing cold about Deimler’s game against Ephrata’s top player Lukas Olson. The West ChesterUniversity recruit, who won the bronze medal at last year’s L-L League Singles Tournament, had a hot hand en route to a dominant 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing in the No. 1 match.
“At this point in the season, (Tony’s) consistency is really pretty far along,” Wanner said. “His consistency really looks good. He just basically wears his opponents down. They make three shots, he makes four. They make five shots, he makes six. He just wears them down at this point. It’s going to be interesting Thursday when he plays (Derek) Hagino from Hempfield. He’s the District champ and he’s really good.”
The Warriors were really good while losing just one total game in the first three singles matches. Newberry shut out Bob Lowrie 6-0, 6-0 at two, then Pennypacker followed with a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Christian Miles in the No. 3 match.
Ephrata’s Alex Mantsevich made things a bit closer at four, but Setlock was up for the challenge and prevailed 6-4, 6-3.
In doubles, the Deimler/Newberry team made quick work of Olson and Miles 8-1 at one. Pennypacker and Setlock added a hard-fought 8-6 decision in the No. 2 match.
The Mounts recorded their only win at No. 3 doubles, where Mario Murcia and Travis Groff teamed up for an 8-4 conquest of Warwick’s Brian Dieterle and Nathaniel Deimler.
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 721-4451.