All of Pittston Area’s opponents on the tennis courts will be seeing double, again.
For the second straight season, the Patriots will be led by twin duo Trent and Tyler Woodruff as they open the 2013-14 campaign. The twins will command the No. 1 and 2 spots in the rotation.
For the past three seasons, the Patriots have relied on the Woodruffs, along with No. 3 player Terry Briggs, to keep improving the state of the team.
“We have experience coming back,” Pittston Area coach Kim Collins said. “Those three seniors have played the game a long time. They are excited, and we as coaches see a lot of potential for success.”
That experience also carries over to the first doubles team. Underclassmen Christian Charney and Johnathon Durling return and will look to give Pittston Area that crucial third point in a many matches this year.
The second doubles team for Pittston Area are rookie seniors Troy Platukus and Michael Antal.
“They have a lot to learn but are very interested in getting into the game,” Collins said. “Apart from the starting lineup we have a mix of guys who are learning the game.”
So the Patriots aren’t very deep. But with the Woodruffs and Briggs, success may be looming for this team. Those three shouldn’t be challenged all season to lose their starting positions, Collins said.
“We have been building,” she said. “And since these three boys started, things have been getting more positive each year.”
Pittston Area finished 9-2 last season with virtually the same starting lineup as they have this season. The Patriots had a tough go of it in the first round of the PIAA District 2 Class AAA team playoffs. As the No. 4 seed, Pittston Area was eliminated by Scranton, 4-1.
Scranton lost to eventual champion Abington Heights.
Trent Woodruff made it to the quarterfinals of the District 2 tourney last season. His brother, Tyler, was eliminated in the second round of competition.The duo was seeded No. 8 in the District tournament but lost in the first round.
The Wyoming Valley Conference will be led by always-competitive Wyoming Seminary, along with some experienced teams like Crestwood. But, for the most part, Collins said the conference is rebuilding.
Pittston Area opened its season with a good win against Crestwood. But the season has just begun.