RED LION — Dallastown's Nick Istvanic noticed that the crowd "got a little louder" during the second set of the No. 1 doubles match against Red Lion on Wednesday.
Istvanic and his partner, David Trimmer, won the first set rather easily, but the second set was another story.
Red Lion's Luc Nadeau and Alex Schor brought the home crowd into it by bouncing back from an opening-set loss to take a 5-4 lead in the second set.
If the Lions' pair could win the next game, they would force a third, and deciding, set.
Istvanic and Trimmer, though, refused to allow that to happen.
The Dallastown duo swept three straight games to close out a 6-1, 7-5 victory
Istvanic and Trimmer's triumph was the final one of the day for the Wildcats, who remained unbeaten in York-Adams Division I by defeating their neighboring rival, 5-0. Dallastown improved to 5-0 in division matches while handing Red Lion its first loss. The Lions slipped to 3-1.
"That was good for our guys," Dallastown coach Mark Koons said following the completion of the No. 1 doubles match. "We like to put them under the spotlight and see how they respond."
Istvanic and Trimmer responded the way Koons hoped they would.
"We played really well in the first set, and when we got behind in the second set, we tried to get back to what was working (in the first set)," Istvanic said. "I kind of resolved to get to the net."
Istvanic's strong net play is part of what makes the Dallastown duo successful.
"David has really good ground strokes, and a pretty strong serve," Istvanic said. "I can close at the net."
Trimmer credited his partner with helping the duo earn its latest victory.
"I wasn't playing that good," Trimmer said. "Nick picked me up,"
Trimmer, a senior who has also played singles during his career, knows all about being the center of attention on a court.
"I've been in the situation a couple of times," he said. "I played in the third-place match in team districts with everyone watching. The winning team went to states. (Trimmer and Dallastown prevailed)."
Holden Koons, Hunter Jones and Jonathan Burns won singles matches for Dallastown on Wednesday. Neither Koons nor Burns lost a game.
Tyler Lilie and Logan Maddox captured the No. 2 doubles match for the Wildcats.
Red Lion coach Ryan Small, a Dallastown High School graduate, knew his team was facing a huge challenge against his alma mater.
"I'm very proud to have come out of that program, and if we can model anything from coach Koons' program, it will be great," Small said. "We have a lot new guys, and we have some good eighth graders coming up. I'm pretty excited where the program is now and where it's going to go."
The match was a homecoming for Koons, a standout player at Red Lion in the 1980s.
"I have a lot of good memories from here," the Wildcats' coach said. "People from the community have been stopping by today."
OTHER BOYS' TENNIS
West York 3, Delone Catholic 2: At West York, the Bulldogs received singles victories from Augustine Citrone and Tim Pickard. In doubles, Aaron Stover and Max Clarke combined to win the No. 2 match.
York Catholic 5, Susquehannock 0: At Springettsbury Park, the Irish received singles victories from Nick Bartkowiak, Nicholas Gingerich and Hui Wang. In doubles, T.J. McGraw and Nicholas Anzalone won the No. 1 match, while Joey Schwamb and Seung Ho Jung won the No. 2 match.
Northeastern 4, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, the Bobcats received singles victories from Joshua Sanderson and Alec Schroter. In doubles, Lance Fries and Colin Wunsch won the No. 1 match, while Brian Hollingsworth and Tony Damian won the No. 2 match.
York Suburban 4, Biglerville 1: At Suburban, Tyr Abenschoen won a three-setter at No. 1 for the home team. Dan Lee won in straight sets at No. 2 singles for the Trojans.
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