By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- Like a finely tuned machine, Lewisburg is built with many interchangeable parts.
After the start of the District 4 Doubles Tournament was pushed back two days by Mother Nature, the Green Dragons put that mettle to the test when Lewisburg coach Matt Barr had to find a player to compliment Michael McCormack and fill out his fourth-seeded doubles team.
With Glen Gallik tied up taking school exams, Barr paired McCormack with Russell Nash, his No. 3 singles player, and the duo didn't miss a beat Monday as they advanced to the semifinals with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wellsboro's No. 5-seeded team of Aaron Dillman and Garrett Carr.
"The Wellsboro guys played very well together, but Mike and Russ did a good job," said Barr. "They really didn't have much time to practice together with Glen doing tests this week, and it was good that Russ could jump in for that.
"It's just one of those special times with this group of guys. I'm just telling them to ride the wave and enjoy this, because it's a lot of fun."
Gallik's loss was certainly Nash's gain, especially a year after Nash's bid at a district doubles medal was foiled. He and partner Jordan Massoud were seeded No. 2, but were upset in the second round to Galeton's Dakota Shadle and Logan Smith.
Now McCormack and Nash will play South Williamsport's top-seeded team of Bryce Jones and Christian Cioffi in the semis on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at West Branch Racquet Club.
McCormack, along with Gallik, fell in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament to Loyalsock's Caleb Vuocolo and Mark Odorizzi.
"It's nice to get into the semifinals. It would be great to go further, but we have two more matches to win for the championship," said Barr. "I think that says something about who these guys are -- that they can make those adjustments and step (up)."