PV tops Tribe in shortened match
A random rainstorm nearly washed away Lehighton and Pleasant Valley's tennis match Wednesday afternoon.
However, despite the steady rain and slick courts, the two teams completed just enough matches to make the day official.
The first four matches to finish all went Pleasant Valley's way, so the two coaches decided to call off the remaining matches and allowed the Bears to walk away with the 4-0 Mountain Valley Conference victory. Only one of the matches, the No. 1 singles match, finished under the normal scoring format. The other three matches wound up being played as pro-sets.
"With the weather the way it is, we decided to stop," said Lehighton head coach Dave Sherry. "Once (Pleasant Valley) got four wins we decided to call it a day.
"We lost all of our starters from last year so it has been tough. We lost 4-3 to Eastburg South the other day so we are hanging in there. But (Pleasant Valley) is very good. They are probably one of the better teams in the eastern part of the state. It's a good experience for our kids. Some of the matches we were getting some games, but we played a very experienced team today."
Jon White, Pleasant Valley's No. 1 singles player, picked up the only legitimate win of the day. He defeated Lehighton's Peter Phelan in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
"I think it went pretty well," said the sophomore. "I moved the ball around and played to my strengths. The weather affected me a little bit. I wanted to put a little more slice on it to keep the ball low."
White has enjoyed a very nice start to the tennis season thus far. Through his four matches, no one has won more than one game against him. He kept the streak alive on Wednesday.
"Honestly it has been a little better than expected," White admitted. "I thought they were going to be tough matches, especially my second one, but that went pretty well for me too. It has been pretty good so far."
The No. 2 singles match between Pleasant Valley's Jon Walmach and Lehighton's Chris Windbeck almost finished, but was cut short once the Bears sealed up their fourth victory. Walmach seemed to have the match well in hand at the time.
Pleasant Valley's Stevie Berry knocked off Tegan Durishin in the No. 3 singles match, 8-2.
The only two other matches to post final results were the No. 2 and No. 4 doubles matches. The Bears won both, as teams Erik Ammermann/Brandon Percey and James Osinki/Kevin Bantel won 8-2 and 8-1 respectively.
"So far I am pretty happy," said Pleasant Valley head coach Mark Allison. "We have a new player in singles and some new doubles players pairing up. We are looking really strong at singles right now and our doubles are coming together.
"I think depth is a strength of ours. To be honest I don't think we are weak in any area as you go down through the lineup. I think on any given day any one of our singles or doubles can pull out a win and help us to a victory."
Pleasant Valley moves to 3-1 on the year, with its only loss (4-3) coming to a very good Easton team last Friday. Because of his team's skill and depth, Allison thinks the Mountain Valley Conference title is well within his team's grasp.
"I think we can compete for it," said Allison. "Two other teams that are obviously strong are Pocono Mountain East and Stroudsburg. But I think we are right up there too. It is going to be interesting."
Pleasant Valley 4, Lehighton 0
Jon White (PV) def. Peter Phelan, 6-0, 6-0; Stevie Berry (PV) def. Tegan Durishin, 8-2.
Erik Ammermann/Brandon Percey (PV) def. Emily Cerimele/Lauren Burrows, 8-2; James Osinki/Kevin Bantel (PV) def. Thomas Phelan/Emily Shelly, 8-1.