Dallastown's Koons, Jones take league AAA doubles title
- Dallastown freshman Holden Koons has now won two York-Adams tennis titles this week.
- Koons teamed with Hunter Jones to take the league AAA doubles title on Wednesday.
- Gettysburg's team of Adam Yingling and Zach Kiick took the league AA doubles crown.
Another day, another York-Adams League title for Dallastown's freshman tennis star, Holden Koons.
Koons, though, had to share his latest championship with teammate Hunter Jones, but he was happy to do it.
Koons and Jones turned back the challenge of New Oxford's Joey Stiles and Josiah Forry to win the Class AAA doubles title, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-1.
Meanwhile, Gettysburg's Adam Yingling and Zach Kiick rallied to win the AA doubles crown, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 over York Catholic's Michael Andrews and Alberto Bruno.
"It's feels good to get it with Hunter," said Koons, who won the AAA singles crown just 48 hours earlier on Monday afternoon. "We weren't that worried going into the third set because we didn't play that well in the second set. They (Stiles and Forry) raised the level of their game in the second set."
Stiles and Forry opened a 5-2 lead in the second set, and eventually took the set by outlasting Koons and Jones, 9-7, in a tie-breaker.
The third set, though, belonged to the Dallastown duo, who won the first game and led the rest of the way. Koons crushed 17 service winners in the three sets and held his serve all seven times.
"His serve is really good, and he opens up a lot of opportunities at the net for me," Jones said. "It means a lot to me to win this because I love doubles more than anything else. To win it with Holden is a lot of fun."
Jones agreed with Koons that the loss in the second set didn't affect their confidence heading into the deciding set.
"We were confident in ourselves, and we knew what we had to do to come back," he said.
Dallastown head coach Mark Koons, Holden's father, stressed to his players that they needed to become more active in the final set.
"In that second set, I thought our guys were a little too stationary, not too much movement on the court," Mark Koons said. "The biggest difference, though, is that we were able to get off to a good start in the third set. In the second set, we trailed the whole way."
AA final: York Catholic's Andrews and Bruno got off to an excellent start in their championship match, but Yingling and Kiick bounced back in a big way.
"We were pretty excited after winning that first set, but we let up a little bit in the second set," Andrews said. "It was a tough match, and I'm not too happy that the Irish didn't come out on top."
Bruno, an exchange student from Naples, Italy, seconded Andrews' feelings.
"It's tough that we lost, but we still played good. Gettysburg played good, too," he said.
The competition was intense all afternoon, with both finals and third-place matches requiring the maximum three sets to determine winners.
Consolations and semifinals: Central York's Chris Maderitz and Connor Bacha outlasted South Western's Gavin Kenny and Ben Sentz, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (2) in the AAA third-place match, and York Suburban's Tyr Abendschoen and Tom Platts prevailed, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, over York Catholic's Nicholas Gingerich and Mason Elliott in the AA third-place match.
Koons and Jones defeated Maderitz and Bacha, 6-0, 6-1, in one AAA semifinal, and Stiles and Forry topped Sentz and Kenny, 6-3, 6-1, in the other semifinal.
In the AA semifinals, Yingling and Kiick bested Abendschoen and Platts, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and Andrews and Bruno downed Gingerich and Elliott, 6-2, 6-2.
All of the matches were played at Wisehaven Tennis Center.
Koons seeded No. 1 in District 3-AAA event: The District 3 boys' tennis seedings came out on Wednesday night and Koons earned the No. 1 seed in the AAA field.
Exeter's Jonah Buczewski is No. 2, Manheim Township's Griffin Clark is No. 3 and Cumberland Valley's Milo Nagle is No. 4. Sentz and Stiles also made the AAA field.
In AA Yingling, Andrews and Bruno made the field. Wyomissing's Dan Trifoi is the No. 1 seed, followed by Wyomissing's Sergio Perez-Sanchez, East Pennsboro's Logan Gouse and Lancaster Country Day's George Markley.
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