The Warren boys tennis team hosted the Warren Doubles Invitational Saturday at Betts Park. Competing against teams from Olean, N.Y. and Elk County Catholic, Dragons players were dominant throughout the day.
"Having great weather, this was a fun event for doubles players as we had teams from Olean, NY and Elk County Catholic," said Warren coach Jeff Bartsch. "Two teams from Warren in each division enabled us to utilize every player on the Dragon squad."
Warren dominated the top two flights of doubles with four finalists and Olean High School owned bragging rights of the third, fourth and fifth doubles championships. Warren players won 20 of the 30 awards presented with two first-place finishes, five second-place finishes and three thirds.
In top doubles, Warren had both the winning and runner-up teams. Matt Sandberg and Shane Burns opened with an 8-1 victory over Elk County Catholic's Ben Wortman and Shane Mancuso before clipping their Olean competition, 8-6, in the second round.
Warren's other pair in the division, Grayson Foley and Nathan Sandberg, opened with a thrilling, comeback 9-7 victory before winning 8-3 in the second round. In the finals, Matt Sandberg and Burns were able to defeat Nathan Sandberg and Foley, 8-3.
The second doubles division was again an all-Warren affair with Dragons sweeping the top two spots. In the finals, the team of Thomas Pellegrino and Drew Lobdell was able to top Nick Tarpenning and Liam Boger by an 8-4 score.
Warren Doubles Invitational Results
1st Doubles: 1. Matt Sandberg & Shane Burns (W), 2. Nathan Sandberg & Grayson Foley (W), 3. Elk County Catholic
2nd Doubles: 1. Thomas Pellegrino & Drew Lobdell (W), 2. Nick Tarpenning & Liam Boger (W), 3. Zhi Wang & Jake Volz (O)
3rd Doubles: 1. Pat Brown & Mike Materna (O), 2. Quinn Boger & Connor Clenenden (W), 3. Alan Brennen & Austin Minard (E)
4th Doubles: 1. Kevin Volz & Mike Sparkie (O), 2. Eric Cecco & Bryce Bauer (W), 3. Sean McGuinness & Neil Morrison (W)
5th Doubles: 1. Jamal Klute & Logan Cross (O), 2. Alex Bailey & Dylan Hanson (W), 3. Nick Pellegrino & Brendan Garrett (W)
Olean was able to claim the third doubles flight as the team of Pat Brown and Mike Materna were able to get past Quinn Boger and Connor Clenenden, 8-6. Boger and Clenenden made the finals by defeating an Olean duo, 8-4, in a preliminary round.
The fourth doubles event was won by Olean's Kevin Volz and Mike Sparkie. The team earned an 8-2 victory in the finals over Dragon freshmen Eric Cecco and Bryce Bauer. Cecco and Bauer earned their way to the finals with victories over Warren's Hunter Mohney and Max Pierson and Warren's Sean McGuinness and Neil Morrison. McGuinness and Morrison were able to capture third place.
Olean finished the event by winning at fifth doubles with the team of Jamal Klute and Logan Cross. They were opposed in the final by Warren's Alex Bailey and Dylan Hanson, winning 8-3. Bailey and Hanson made their way to the final by beating two pairs of Warren teams - Teddy Leos and Christian Olson and Nick Pellegrino and Brendan Garrett. Pellegrino and Garrett finished third.
Warren returns to the court Monday, hosting General McLane.
"This will be our final home appearance of the season and I hope our supporters will be at the courts," said Bartsch.