Dallastown duo earns York-Adams doubles crown
HANOVER — The championship matches of the York-Adams Boys' Doubles Tennis Tournament were dramatically different in style.
One was incredibly competitive, the other, not so much.
The Class 3-A final was devoid of drama, with Dallastown's Holden Koons and Hunter Jones rolling to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Meanwhile, the Class 2-A title clash, played at the same time, on an adjacent court at South Western High School, was filled with big points and tension-filled moments.
In the end, Littlestown's Brett Gill and Noah DeCampo outlasted York Suburban's Tyr Abendschoen and Dan Lee, 7-6 (7), 7-5.
Abendschoen and Lee, who rallied to defeat York Catholic's Nick Bartkowiak and Nicholas Gingerich, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, in the semifinals, led in both sets of the title match.
The Trojans' duo was up 4-0 in the first set tie-breaker, which Gill and DeCampo eventually pulled out, 9-7. Abendschoen and Lee then bolted to a 4-1 advantage in the second set before Gill and DeCampo forged ties at four and five and then won the next two games to close out the match.
"We were definitely nervous," Gill said when asked what was going through his mind when he and DeCampo trailed, 4-1, in the first-set tie-breaker. "But I knew that Noah would pick me up, and I would pick him up. So, we hung in there and got the W. They're a great team, and they're going to go far in districts, but we're a great team, too."
After winning the first set, it appeared that Gill and DeCampo had the momentum heading into the second set. However, Abendschoen and Lee rebounded nicely from the disappointment of the first set and won four of the first five games in the second set. Hill and DeCampo weren't to be denied, though, as they put together another comeback to win the title.
Class 3-A: Meanwhile, Koons and Jones combined their talents to defeat their teammates, Tyler Lilie and Logan Maddox to take 3-A honors.
"We just kind of took care of business," Koons said. "It was fun playing doubles with Hunter, but it (the match) was good for them (Lilie and Maddox) because we're all just trying to get better as a team."
Lilie and Maddox put together a tremendous two-day run. The two were not seeded, but they scored three straight victories, taking out two seeded teams along the way.
""They did a heck of a job," Jones said. "They have grown so much as a doubles team. That was as impressive a run as you can get, knocking off the No. 2 and No. 4 seeds."
Koons and Jones defeated Northeastern's Eric Nagel and Alec Schroeter, 6-0, 6-0 in one 3-A semifinal, and Lilie and Maddox outlasted Red Lion's Alec Shue and Riley Krout, in the other 3-A semifinal, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. In the other 2-A semifinal, Gill and DeCampo bested Bermudian Springs' Nick Wood and Isaac Avery, 6-0, 6-0.
Shue and Krout won the Class 3-A third-place match, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, and Bartkowiak and Gingerich won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in the Class 2-A third-place match.
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