Red hot Eagles down Mounts to capture third-straight victory
Monday s warm weather produced a hotly contest boys tennis match as Ephrata traveled to Denver to take on cross-town rival Cocalico. Cocalico, winners of two straight contests coming in, prevailed 5-2 as they took three out of five in singles and later added wins in both doubles matches. With the victory, the Eagles remain in the thick of the Section One race. We have just two losses, and those are to the top two teams (Hempfield and Manheim Township), Cocalico Coach Todd Snyder said. Now we’re on a three-game winning streak and hopefully we can build on that. Asked if he’s pleased on his team’s progress thus far, Snyder added, I am very pleased considering we lost our number one player for the year (Jordan Vulopas), unfortunately because of an injury. One thing is for sure, our players will play their hearts out.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in singles as junior Drew Weinhold defeated Ephrata sophomore Gabriel Murcia 6-2, 6-1 at two, and Evan Hinkley prevailed over the Mounts’ Alex Smith 6-1,6-3 at five. In a pivotal match of No. four players, it came down to a third set tiebreaker. Cocalico s Joel Repoley took a 4-2 lead but Ephrata s Ryan Fritz ripped a nice forehand down the line to pull within 4-3. Later, a perfectly-placed Repoley lob gave him a 6-3 advantage, and then a nice deep serve by Repoley left Fritz one point from elimination. Repoley then closed it out a few points later for a 10-6 win. Ephrata s wins in singles came in the number one and three matches. At one, Kevin Sollenberger was on his game as he defeated Cocalico s ace, Zach Weinhold, 6-1, 6-1. Kyle Smith also was victorious for the Mounts at three with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Kyle Sukanick. Cocalico put the match away by winning both doubles contests. The Weinholds teamed for a 6-3, 6-3 win at number one doubles against Sollenberger and Kyle Smith. At two, Sukanick and Repoley got the nod over Ephrata s Murcia and Alex Fritz by a 6-4, 6-2 decision. Win or lose, they play hard… We show great character on this team, Snyder said. A great thing about this match was winning both doubles matches, the first time we did that this year . Ephrata s Coach Steve Sweigart said his team fought hard despite the loss. We are a young team, he said. The doubles team has a lot of talent, but has a lot to learn.The boys fought hard in doubles, as well as all five singles matches. We’ll battle.
Last Thursday, Ephrata earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Pequea Valley. Sollenberger, Kyle Smith and Fritz all were victorious in singles play. Ephrata then got a 7-5, 6-1 win by Murcia and Fritz in the second doubles match to clinch the team win. Last Wednesday, the Mounts also faced Hempfield in a match won by the Black Knights, 4-0 (doubles were not contested). Cocalico, meanwhile, dropped Lebanon by a 6-1 decision on Wednesday. The Eagles swept in singles as Zach Weinhold, Drew Weinhold, Sukanick, Repoley and Hinkley all were winners. More TENNIS, page B-2