Deimler earns spot in States

By on May 7, 2014
Tony Deimler clinched his first trip to States with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Exeter’s Nolan Perugini in Monday’s District Three bronze-medal match. (Photo by Mike Shull)

Tony Deimler clinched his first trip to States with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Exeter’s Nolan Perugini in Monday’s District Three bronze-medal match. (Photo by Mike Shull)

The one thing that was still unfulfilled from Tony Deimler’s tennis career at Warwick was qualifying for the PIAA State Championships.
Without an arm injury at Districts a year ago, he might have reached that point as a junior.
In his final chance on Monday afternoon at the Hershey Racquet Club, Deimler capitalized.
Playing Exeter’s Nolan Perugini for the District Three Triple-A Tournament’s bronze medal and the final spot in States, the Warrior senior prevailed 6-3, 6-2.
“My season ended on that day last year because of injury,” Deimler said, “and I certainly wasn’t ending up in the same spot without an injury this year. I was fired up. I knew that if I win that match, I’m in States &tstr; that was my goal from the beginning of the season, so to accomplish that is huge.”
Deimler will now have just over two weeks to prepare for the PIAA Championships, which get underway on Friday, May 23 in Hershey. He will open up against the District Seven championship.
“I have three weeks to work hard,” Deimler said. “That’s exciting because States is in Hershey, it’s close, I know the court, I know the facilities. I know what my weaknesses are, what I can improve on and I have three weeks to do it. So I’m super excited about that.”
Deimler (17-2) was also excited to play in the District semi-finals against Cedar Crest’s Colin Muraika, who defeated him 6-2, 6-4 in the L-L semi-finals just a week earlier.
This time, both players held serve in the opening set to force a tiebreaker. There Muraika managed to pull off a tightly-contested 8-6 decision, giving him the first set, 7-6.
“It was really anyone’s set as far as that point goes,” Deimler said. “We were both hitting our shots, we were both making mistakes. You couldn’t ask for a more even set as far as that goes.”
In the second set, Muraika took the early lead, and although Deimler gave him a battle, the Falcons’ junior advanced to the finals with a clinching 6-1 win. In the championship match, Hempfield’s Derek Hagino defeated Muraika 7-5, 6-2.
“I just thought too much about things the second set &tstr; I didn’t play my game, tried to overthink everything,” Deimler said. “The games were close, but I made mistakes and he hit winners.”
Fortunately, Deimler had about a half-hour between matches to regroup. He put that time to good use to prepare himself for Perugini.
“I did a good job at harnessing the disappointment,” Deimler said, “and changing it into momentum into the next match because I did not want my season to end.”
In Perugini, he had to face an opponent who was very quick and played a strong net game. Deimler, though, was able to do what he needed to do.
“I was very happy,” Deimler said. “I hit high percentage shots when I had to, and when I went for winners, I hit them primarly most of the match. I really was hitting great passing shots the whole match, serving good. It was a great win to end the District Tournament.”
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Manheim Central’s Connor Merrill also played in the District Three Triple-A Tournament, finishing 1-1 before being eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The Barons’ freshman was dominant in a 6-0, 6-0 whitewashing of Hershey’s Ben Gettle in the first round. Next, Merrill faced Perugini and suffered a 7-5, 6-2 loss in the Round of Eight.
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4451.

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