Dragon tennis earns doubleheader sweep over visiting St. Marys

Warren’s Elliott Neal.

Warren’s boys tennis team began a grueling week of action with a double header sweep of St. Mary’s at Betts Park Monday.

The Dragons won the first match, played under District 9 rules, 4-3, then took the second, played under District 10 rules, 4-1.

“Our team was really pushed today with a strong District 9 contender in St. Mary’s,” Warren associate coach Thomas Pellegrino said.

Caleb Ei took both matches at first singles over Adam Snyder. He won 6-1, 6-2 in the opening match, then grabbed a 6-1, 6-1 win in the second.

“Caleb is playing some exceptional tennis right now,” Warren coach Travis Myler said. “He is leading the team on and off the court. He should be seen as a role model to our younger players.”

Warren’s Tyler Howard also won twice. In second singles, he topped Zack Hart, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 in the opening match, then won 6-4, 6-3 in the second.

“Tyler really showed up and played his best match of the season in his second match today,” Pellegrino said.

AJ Seyler and Dylan Aiello split their matches at third singles.

Aiello won, 5-7, 6-1, 12-10, in the first, while Seyler came back for a 0-6, 7-6 (5), 10-6 win in the second.

“AJ fought hard against a tough opponent in both matches today,” Myler said.

The Dutch’s Kyle Gardner won, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 12-10 over Thomas Lucks at fourth singles in the opening match.

Three doubles matches finished out the opening contest. Ei and Seyler topped Snyder and Hart, 8-3, at first. Lucks and Eli Korb won 8-4 over Aiello and Gardner at second and Cody Schaberl and Joe Lewis topped Wesley Kiehl and Aidan Colosimo, 8-3, at third.

The teams of Tyler Lowe and Ben Hampson, Seth Conarro and James Lawson and Nick Lindsey and Owen Peterson won exhibition matches.

Korb and Lucks were 0-6, 7-5, 10-8 winners over Gardner and Schaberl to open doubles action in the second match.

“Thomas and Eli are returning our faith in them with wins,” Pellegrino said.

The team of Lewis and Smith topped Kiehl and Colosimo, 6-3, 6-2, in second doubles.

Conarro picked up an exhibition win.

“Seth Conarro played a great singles match in the exhibitions today,” Pellegrino said. “I really enjoyed watching all of our boys fight for every point.”

The Dragons moved to 7-2 on the year with the wins. They host Titusville today and Erie Thursday at Betts Park before hitting the road for a match at Oil City Friday.

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