Deimler suffers first-round loss in States

By on May 28, 2014

Warwick senior Tony Deimler walked onto the court at the Hershey Racquet Club last Friday with one thought in mind.

Don’t have any regrets.

He accomplished his goal.

Despite suffering a 6-4, 6-1 loss to District Seven champ Adam Blasinsky of Central Catholic in a PIAA State Triple-A first-round match, Deimler did all he could.

“I felt I played pretty good, to be honest with you,” he said. “(Blasinsky) was hands-down the best player that I ever played against.”

Blasinsky advanced to the State finals, where he eventually suffered a three-set loss (3-6, 6-1, 6-4) loss to Unionville’s John Wu on Saturday.

Like Deimler, Blasinsky’s other opponents were no doubt very impressed with his forehand shot.

“His forehand was unbelievable,” Deimler remarked. “He could pull it any direction with the same preparation and same swing. I don’t know how fast it was, but it was definitely the fastest I’ve ever played against.”

Following a first game in which, as Deimler recalled, “he blew me off the court,” the West Chester University recruit adjusted. Although Blasinsky broke serve twice, Deimler answered with one of his own.

“It was definitely a learning experience,” Deimler said. “I thought I did a good job matching his pace (in that) it wasn’t always the first forehand that was the winner. I did a pretty good job of extending the points throughout the match … It was good tennis, it really was.”

In the second set, Blasinsky broke Deimler once early and then again later in the match en route to the clinching 6-1 decision.

“I tried to shade to his backhand side or hit the ball places that he couldn’t hit to my weaknesses and have to hit to my strengths,” Deimler said. “I didn’t know what to expect walking on the court. I knew he was good, but I never played against him before. I didn’t want any regrets going off of the court. I knew that if I let my guard down, he would beat me. So you’ve just got to fight for every point, every shot and see what happens.”

Deimler, in fact, rarely let his guard down during a senior season in which he finished 17-3 overall. Next up for him is his collegiate career with the West Chester Golden Rams.

“I think (my senior season) was definitely a learning experience for just seeing how far I could come and how much hard work in the off-season has come forward in the regular season and the post-season,” Deimler said. “It’s a huge boost going into college, and especially this summer with nicer weather and being able to be outside almost every day training and stuff. So I learned a lot and had a lot of fun and it was just all-around a good season.”

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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