The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 8, 2013

District 4 team tennis: Lewisburg blanks top-seeded Galeton for title

By Brian Holtzapple

For The Daily Item

BLOOMSBURG -- Ever since Lewisburg's boys began their run of success in the District 4 team tournament four years ago, the Green Dragons have been stymied while trying to score that elusive first win at states.

The Green Dragons will get another shot at that unfinished business after they upended top-ranked Galeton, 3-0, in Tuesday's championship match at Bloomsburg University.

The District 4 title is the third in four years for second-seeded Lewisburg (17-1). The Green Dragons were runners-up to Hughesville in 2011, a loss that made Lewisburg and its eight current seniors determined not to play second fiddle again.

"We told these guys they were poised (to win the title). It's so special. I don't know if Lewisburg can (claim three titles in four years) again. It's going to be a tough act to follow," said Green Dragons coach Matt Barr.

"They had a loss (in 2011), and I think that really focused them for the next two years, like, We are not going to let that happen again."

Next up for Lewisburg is a date with District 2 runner-up Wyoming Seminary. The two teams square off in a first-round state playoff match Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the West Branch Racquet Club.

"Man, if we can get that (win). That's been something we've been talking about, even since back in January when we started having team meetings," said Barr. "We've just kind of been talking about it and getting it in these guys' heads that we can possibly win (a first-round match). We'll see what happens."

One day after his marathon match to claim the district singles title, Ben Koch got Lewisburg's first win against Galeton (18-1), a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Jordan Dugan at No. 1 singles.

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