Dallastown boys' tennis coach Mark Koons has a simple answer for why his No. 1 doubles team showed drastic improvement Wednesday afternoon in a rematch against South Western.
"When we played them the first time, we went for a long time where we were way too defensive," Koons said. "That's not how you beat a good doubles team. You gotta win points. They're not going to lose them.
"From first point to last point, we were aggressive today. We put a lot of balls away. It's about as good as I've seen our guys play."
The Wildcats pair of John Schmitt and Payce Berridge cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win against the Mustangs at South Western to earn the YAIAA doubles championship.
In the regular season, they needed three sets to beat the South Western duo of Anthony Miserendino and Quin Meyer. The Mustangs built a 5-2 lead in that third set but eventually lost.
"We were just missing it," Mustangs coach Kristen Meyer said. "We were missing too many shots early on, and the confidence went down.
"They know those guys are a great team. They think they can't miss a thing. But they can. They are good, but they will miss every once in a while."
The loss comes after they eliminated Schmitt and Berridge in the YAIAA Class AAA singles tournament last week. Miserendino beat Quin for the title Monday.
"It's definitely a different game," Kristen said of comparing singles to doubles. "I think that (Schmitt and Berridge) are both really good at singles and doubles. (Miserendino and Quin are) in singles mode."
They won't have to wait long for a rematch against Dallastown, albeit in singles. The Mustangs face the Wildcats today at 3:45 p.m. in the District 3 team tournament.
"I think we both know each other very well," Koons said. "I don't think there will be any surprises."
Foster shines in Biglerville's Class AA title: Biglerville tennis coach Bob Brubaker remembers coaching Evan Foster two summers ago.
"He must've taken 100 lessons off me," Brubaker said.
The lessons led to a gradual improvement that helped Foster go from the No. 8 player to second this season.
That gave Foster an opportunity to pair with Cole Herzing for the YAIAA Class AA title, which the Canners earned with a 6-4, 6-1 win over York Catholic's Adam Hack and Matthew Koury.
"He got thrust into that role," Brubaker said. "Because he was playing with Cole, he picked up a lot of Cole's habits about moving at the net and talking. As the season progressed, he got more confidence."
The win was an upset. The Canners, seeded fourth, beat the top-ranked Irish for the championship. They also beat second-seeded York Suburban, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1), in the semifinals.
"When they came out in the semis, they were a little tentative, a little nervous," Brubaker said. "Evan hadn't been here before, hadn't been close to being here before. That second and third set, he started playing well.
"For a big kid, he's got nice hands around the net. If you hold your serve and can play the net, you can dominate doubles."
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John Schmitt-Payce Berridge, DT, def. Kaltrin Bullaj- Dan Ferraro, Sus, 6-2, 6-0; Anthony Miserendino-Quin Meyer, SW, def. Kyle Salaga-Michael Gibbs, DT, 6-1, 6-2.
Schmitt-Berridge, DT, def. Miserendino-Meyer, SW, 6-1, 6-3.
Salaga-Gibbs, DT, def. Bullaj-Ferraro, Sus, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Adam Hack-Matthew Koury def. def. Adam Fisher- Matt Juchno, DC, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Cole Herzig-Evan Foster, Big, def. Michael Hogg-Elliot Diehl, YS, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1).
Herzig-Foster, Big, def. Hack-Koury, YC, 6-4, 6-1.
Hogg-Diehl, YS, def. Fisher-Juchno, DC, 6-2, 6-4.