The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 8, 2013

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


"We didn't want Ben to have to play a real long match. That was the biggest thing, especially after playing for two-and-a-half hours on Monday," said Barr. "But then he pulled off getting points again for us, and you can't complain against that."

The Green Dragons followed up Koch's victory with a 6-2, 6-0 win from Russell Nash over Tyler Dugan at No. 3 singles, and also a 6-1, 6-1 victory from the No. 2 doubles team of Jordan Massoud and Bryan Speake. The duo beat John Parsell and Jacob Batterson to clinch the match and the championship for Lewisburg.

"They are strong and, obviously, we are one of the best teams here," said Barr. "These guys enjoy it, too, and they want to work for it. They knew they had to work for this, and it was well worth the enjoyment."

In the semifinals Lewisburg picked up a 3-0 win over Hughesville (16-4). It was the Green Dragons' third win over the Spartans this season.

Against Hughesville, Lewisburg got wins from Koch over Josh Fry, 6-0, 6-0; Massoud and Speake over Steven Saladino and Trey Smith, 6-3, 6-4; and Kerry Shutt over Mitchel Thomas, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 singles.

In the postseason, matches end once a team has three wins.

"We had some good competition," said Barr. "Galeton is probably one of the toughest matches we had this year. We knew we matched up pretty well with them and that we were going to be a strong team. It's good to have that tough competition to springboard into next week."

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