Eagles fall to Barons in Districts

By on May 11, 2016
Connor Martin advanced to both District singles and doubles tourna - ments while helping the Eagles make the District Team Tourney.

The Cocalico boys tennis team lost only twice in 15 matches this year. Unfortunately, both came at the hands of Manheim Central.

In their lone regular season meeting, Manheim Central scored a 5-2 victory over the Eagles in a match that eventually decided the Section Two title.

This past Thursday in the first round of District Three play held at Hershey Racquet Club, the Barons once again got the better of Cocalico, sweeping singles play to key an eventual 4-1 victory.

The win vaulted the Barons (15-1) into Tuesday’s quarterfinals vs. second-seeded Dallastown back at Hershey Racquet Club. The Cocalico loss ended the team portion of the season for the Eagles.

Thursday was tight throughout, despite the end score.

In singles play, MC’s Galen Fitzkee scored a three-set 5-7, 6-4, 11-9 thrilling win over Cocalico’s Connor Martin at number one. At two, Central’s Blake Martin knocked off the Eagles’ Greg Lewis by a 6-1, 6-1 score. and at number three, Manheim’s Kyle Peters edged Colby Martin of Cocalico, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

In doubles, Ben and Colin Hinkley pulled out Cocalico’s lone win of the day at number one doubles. The Eagle twosome edged Andrew Bookman and Jared Groff in a 6-3, 5-7, 10-4 match.

But at number two doubles, MC’s Trent Martin and Trey Bury got the better of Cocalico’s Jared Sumar and Jarod Snader, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in yet another tight contest.

“The match was in our hands,” Cocalico Coach Todd Snyder said. “At number one singles, Connor Martin had four match points and was unable to close out the match. Connor played well on all of those points. I tip my hat to his opponent, Galen Fitzkee. He did not surrender. In the end, Galen played high percentage tennis with a big physical effort and made no mistakes.

“At number three singles, Colby Martin lost the first set in a tie break, but he had four set points to win that set prior to the tie break. In the second set, he also had four break points to stretch his second set lead to 5-2. If we win one point here, one point there, the result is different, and we move on. We give Manheim Central credit and we respect them for playing better tennis at the most important moments in the match. The bottom line is that our boys put themselves and our team in a wonderful position to be successful. We are going to conclude this season by dwelling on the positive.”

And there were a lot of positive things happening on the court for the Eagles this year as they were led by seniors Connor Martin and Lewis.

“We were very fortunate to have two special senior,” Snyder said. “Connor and Greg, who played four years of varsity tennis, were major contributors to our team’s success as we went 26-4 over the last two seasons. We had a supporting cast of underclassmen who supplied us with depth and will be counted on to step into Connor’s and Greg’s positions. Looking forward, we have a great group of young men who like to play tennis. The future of Cocalico tennis is promising.”

But this year is still not completed as both Connor and Colby Martin qualified for the District AAA Doubles Tournament which gets underway this Friday in Hershey. This is the third consecutive year that Connor has been in the District Doubles Tournament.

Last Saturday, Connor Martin also competed in the District Singles Tournament. Unfortunately, the Cocalico senior drew second-seeded Jonah Buczewski of Exeter in the first round. Buczewski, who advanced all the way to the semifinals, defeated Martin by a 6-0, 6-0 decision.

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