Dallas tennis series ended in a small defeat in the quarterfinals of the PIAA team tournament
The meeting of the undefeated tennis teams was reduced to one final match, with a bright depth for both sides.
This time things were closer for Dallas, but the climbers ’quest for the state championship ended in the quarterfinals against Fairview for the second year in a row.
Fairview held a tense No. 3 singles match to win Dallas 3-2 in the PIAA Class 2A team tournament on Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club. In the spring of last year in the same round, the Mountains lost to the Tigers 4-1.
In this rematch, Dallas had an advantage in the first and second singles, and the district champion 10 Fairview won decisive victories in both doubles matches.
This left the outcome in the hands of the players in the third singles, where Graham Lewis of the Tigers rallied after losing in the first set to barely defeat Dallas junior Lucas Carver 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Brothers Kyle Chesman and Tucker Chesman predominated in the singles. Kyle Chesman continued his great freshman season, beating senior Fairview Arawind Turagu 6-2, 6-1 at number 1. Tucker’s older brother, sophomore, defeated another senior Tigers, Nate Kisil, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.
Fairview also had experience in doubles where it led to a couple of wins.
In the first doubles, seniors Jacob Meller and Chris Sprigel defeated Luke DeRom and Jason Joshi 6-0, 6-1. DeRom and Joshi were semifinalists earlier this week in the District 2 doubles tournament.
The Tigers had two more seniors ready to take part in the second doubles, as Glen Lewis and Jack Allen were ahead of sophomores Jonathan Florence and Mihir Mukula 6-0, 6-1.
With the team victory Fairview stayed in Hershey for another day, trying to bring home the title on Saturday. In the semifinals, the “Tigers” met the champion of District 3 Lancaster Country Day in the semifinals. The winner will meet the winner of the second semifinal between Quaker Valley and Masterman at the championship at 18:00
Despite the fact that “Dallas” has not received the title of state team, the successful season of “climbers” is not over. The Chesmans still have a chance to bring home PIAA gold to add to their doubles crown 2 and District 2 team title.
The next round of the state doubles tournament is next Friday, where the Chesmans will make another trip to the Hershey Racquet Club, where they will meet the District 6 champions at 2 p.m.
Winning there will give them a chance in the quarterfinals at 7pm, and the semi-finals and rounds of the championship are scheduled for Saturday.
Abington Heights 3, Hazelton, District 0
The “Cougars” season came to an end, dropping in the visiting “Comets”, which sowed with a score of 25-13, 25-16, 25-10, in the semifinals of the 2nd class 3A.
Wilkes-Barre Square is set to play in the second semi-final of the net on Monday when the wolf pack head to the Delaware Valley for the match at 5pm. The winner will meet Abington Heights at 6pm on Wednesday at the Western Wayne Championships.
Another Wyoming Valley Conference team is still alive in the Class 2A tournament, which is subregional and includes Districts 1 and Districts 11.
Berwick will travel to Lansdale, where in the semifinals he will meet No. 1 with Doc Menanito from District 1. In the other semifinals Blue Ridge will host South Leahy.