Bishop Guilfoyle bounced
The best boys tennis season in Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic history came to an end Tuesday.
After winning its first-ever district championship last week, BG lost to Lancaster Mennonite, 5-0, in the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs at ProCare Therapy and Fitness.
“We played our hearts out. I have no qualms about how we did [Tuesday],” BG coach Julie Donovan said. “We have nothing to hang our heads about. We won the league championship, went undefeated and won the district championship.”
Lancaster Mennonite’s top singles player William Wanner defeated Jim Burke 6-1, 6-0, to give his team a 1-0 lead. The second and third singles matches were closer but went Lancaster Mennonite’s way as well.
After dropping the first set against Caleb Derstine, BG’s Nick Centar grabbed the lead early in the second set at the same time Dominick D’Andrea was winning a first-set tiebreaker in the No. 3 match against Juan David Gomez, giving BG hopes of extending the match.
Playing on adjacent courts, Centar and Derstine matched wits with lob, drops and slices at the net while D’Andrea and Gomez went toe-to-toe with each other in a power game from the baseline.
“I’m a baseline hitter,” D’Andrea said. “I try to focus on my ground strokes more so than going to the net.”
D’Andrea won the tiebreaker, 12-10, to take the first set, 7-6.
Centar’s second set went to a tiebreaker as well with Derstine winning, 7-3, to take the match, 6-2, 7-6, and give LM a 2-0 lead.
“[Derstine] hit a few too many returns down the middle in the second set. He got away from that and was able to win the set,” LM coach Dennis Maust said.
Gomez bounced back strong from the first set tiebreak loss and went on to defeat D’Andrea in three sets, 7-6, 6-0, 6-1. Gomez’s victory clinched the win for Lancaster Mennonite along with a spot in the state quarterfinals Friday in Hershey.
“I had a lot less energy in the second set,” D’Andrea said. “I played a little stronger in the third, but he was very good and very strong.”
Lancaster Mennonite won both doubles matches as well to complete the 5-0 sweep. Seth Weaver and Lucas Jemison defeated Dan Sullivan and Vincent D’Andrea, 6-1, 6-4, in the first doubles match. Rudi Rigano and Ben Rittenhouse won the second doubles match over Matt Keefer and Brennan Nale, 7-6, 6-1.
“It’s been great. When I started this as a freshman, we won two or three games the entire season,” Dominick D’Andrea, a senior, said. “We’ve gotten a lot better, become a lot more serious about tennis and really grown as a team.”
Singles: 1, Wanner, LM, def. Burke, BG, 6-1, 6-0. 2, Derstine, LM, def. Centar, BG, 6-2, 7-6. 3, Gomez, LM, def. D’Andrea, BG, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles: 1, Weaver-Jemison, LM, def. Sullivan-V. D’Andrea, BG, 6-1, 6-4. 2, Rigano-Rittenhouse, LM, def. Keefer-Nale, BG, 7-6, 6-1.
Records: Lancaster Mennonite (14-3); Bishop Guilfoyle (16-1).