TENNIS: Hard-charging Jones key for unbeaten Dallastown
DALLASTOWN — For Dallastown tennis player Hunter Jones, it's not a question of if he'll charge the net, it's only a question of when.
Jones, who's the No. 2 singles player for the defending York-Adams Division I champions, can rally from the baseline, if necessary, but it's not the favorite part of his game.
"I enjoy the net game, that's my favorite part," he said following a 6-2 6-2 victory over Central's Lohan Rossi on Monday. "I would rather be up there hitting volleys than staying back and hitting groundstrokes."
The Panthers won the team match, 5-0, to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in D-I.
Dallastown head coach Mark Koons said that Jones is always moving forward.
"It's tough to get the ball by him, and he has good hands," Koons said. "Most kids don't play that style (attacking), so a lot of his opponents don't know how to handle that style."
Koons said that Jones can play with the majority of No. 1 players in the league. This season, he's moved up to compete at No. 1 on a number of occasions, including Monday.
"I really enjoy the challenges," Jones said. "This past weekend, I played a number of No. 1 guys at the Altoona Invitational. (Dallastown's No. 1 player, Holden Koons, was ill and couldn't make the trip). For me, I enjoy the competition when I play a guy who's better than me or at the same level I'm at. It shows me where my weaknesses are and where I need to improve."
Jones is one of five seniors among the first eight players on the Wildcats' tennis ladder.
"It unbelievable the team spirit we have," he said. "We've been through the program together, and hopefully, we can keep winning."
Dallastown is aiming to repeat as York-Adams Division I champion.
Jones is looking forward to the Wildcats' remaining league dual matches, including a clash with arch-rival Red Lion on Wednesday, and to the York-Adams Class 3-A Singles Tournament, where he finished fourth last year after being seeded eighth.
"I was beyond happy with that," he said.
Jones also is eager to play again in the York-Adams Class 3-A Doubles Tournament. He teamed with Koons to win the 2016 championship.
"He (Koons) knows so much stuff, and he shares it with all of us," Jones said. "It's a great learning experience playing with him."
In addition to Jones, Jonathan Burns and David Trimmer gained singles points for the Wildcats on Monday. Tyler Lilie and Logan Maddox teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match, and Nicholas Istvonic and Sebastian May combined to capture the No. 2 doubles match.
Jones plans to attend Penn State's main campus next year and major in engineering.
OTHER BOYS' TENNIS
Susquehannock 4, West York 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors received singles victories from Brendan Paules and Dominic Snyder. Colton Mumley and Xander Holloway won at No. 1 doubles for the Warriors, while Zachary Beam and Ian McDonald captured No. 2 doubles. For the Bulldogs, Augustine Citrone won a singles match.
Delone Catholic 3, York Suburban 2: At McSherrystown, Tom Platts and Shobhit Khurana won the No. 1 doubles match in straight sets for the Trojans, while teammates Robbie Bell and Liam Waterbury won the No. 2 doubles match, also in straight sets.
New Oxford 3, Dover 2: At Dover, Truman Metz and Michael Kozuch won in singles, but it wasn't enough to give Dover the win.
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