BG season ends at states

By Jon Fleck

For the Mirror

With Wyomissing up 2-1 in the first round of the PIAA boys tennis championships, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic needed wins in both No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles to advance.

The Marauders’ Vincent D’Andrea battled Wyomissing’s Ben Chen in a third set as the No. 2 doubles match got underway on an adjacent court.

Chen took the third set and the Wyomissing doubles tandem of Nathan Wang and Colin Campbell won as well to secure a 4-1 win and put an end to Guilfoyle’s season Wednesday at ProCare Fitness and Tennis.

BG took an early 1-0 lead with a win in the number one singles. Ryne Talko took the first set from Will Schrek 6-0 before Schrek retired due to injury. Schrek got his fingers caught in a car door over the weekend, Wyomissing coach Mike Gyomber said.

“We thought he might be able to play through it, but the ball was going everywhere. There was no point in going on,” Gyomber said.

BG got off to a good start in No. 2 singles as well with D’Andrea going to the net aggressively for a 6-4 first set win, but while that match played on, Wyomissing won at the number three singles and one doubles to turn the match around.

James Potteiger downed Cole Rinker 6-1, 6-1 as Ben Croft and Owen Pendergast defeated Nick Schmid and Matt Unpingco 6-0, 6-1.

In No. 2 singles, Chen recovered to take the second set 6-4 before winning the third set 6-2 to clinch the win for the Spartans.

“He ran out of steam. Some shots didn’t go his way, and he started making some unforced errors,” BG coach Julie Donovan said of D’Andrea’s match.

Chen’s forehand got stronger and more consistent in the second set to swing the match his way.

“Ben was a little lost with the way Vince was playing at the net early,” Gyomber said. “It’s hard to tell exactly when it turned, but Ben did start hitting his forehand harder in the second set. The pace of his forehand made it harder for Vince to get to the net.”

Wyomissing added a win in No. 2 doubles when Wang and Campbell knocked off Nick Rasmussen and Nick Nale 6-7, 6-4 (10-5).

“We fought really hard,” Donovan said. “We won District 6 two years in a row, and over the course of four years, we won districts three times. That’s three district medals for the ones that will be graduating. The boys should be proud of themselves.”

SINGLES: 1, Ryne Talko (BG) def. Schrek 6-0, injury default; 2, Chen (W) def. Vincent D’Andrea 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; 3, Potteiger (W) def. Cole Rinker 6-1, 6-1.

DOUBLES: 1, Croft/Pendergast (W) def. Nick Schmid/Matt Unpingco 6-0, 6-1; 2, Wang/Campbell (W) def. Nick Rasmussen/Nick Nale 6-7, 6-4 (10-5).

Bisons’ boys eliminated

WEXFORD — The Bedford boys tennis team saw its season end on Tuesday, losing 5-0 to Sewickley Academy in the first round of the PIAA state 2A team tournament.

The Bisons finished their season at 20-1. Sewickley moves on with a record of 20-0.

Jess Hampton, Caleb Beidle and Willie Bonn all fell in singles action, while the doubles teams of Luke Dague and Zach Kachman, along with Lance Dague and Joey Windows, were defeated.

SINGLES: 1, Ross, S, def. Hampton, 6-1, 6-0; 2, Sauter, S, def. Beidle, 6-1, 6-0; 3, Gex, S, def. Bonn, 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES: 1, Bedi-Nocito, S, def. Lu.Dague-Kachman, 6-0, 6-0; 2, Parda-Rana, S, def. La.Dague-Windows, 6-0, 6-0.

Records: Sewickley Academy (20-0), Bedford (20-1)