Pittston Area’s Trent Woodruff made it to the final eight in the District 2 for the second straight season. But this year, the Patriot senior ran into a player from North Pocono that was rolling through competition.
Woodruff fell to North Pocono’s Zac Lehman Friday in the quarterfinals of the PIAA District 2 Tennis Tournament held at Kirby Park. However, it was one of the best matches of the day.
Lehman worked his was through the field, beating Aidan McNally from Scranton. He then upset tournament No. 6 seed Reed Evans from Wallenpaupack.
Woodruff got the the quarters with just one win. As the No. 3 overall seed, Trent overcame Williamsport’s Connor Pardoe, 6-1, 0-6, 6-4. Then came the dramatic match.
Woodruff gave up a 4-1 lead in the first set that went to a tiebreaker, which Lehman eventually won 7-6 (5). The Pittston Area product then gutted out a 6-4 win in the second set to force the deciding third.
Three matches in, Lehman was being checked on the court for cramps. Lehman went on to win after breaking Woodruff’s serve four times, including at love in the final game of the match.
Twin brother Tyler was able to get out of the first round against Hazleton’s Wister Yuhas 6-1, 3-6, 6-4. In the second round, Abington Heights’ Rishi Mulloth made quick work of Woodruff, 6-1, 6-2.
Wyoming Area was represented by two players Friday at Kirby Park: Mike Werbin and Nick Leon.
In the first round, Werbin was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Tunkhannock’s Daniel Greenip. Werbin then gave Wyoming Seminary’s Matt Cartwright, the tournament No. 8 seed, a run in the first set. He eventually fell to the Blue Knight 7-5, 6-0.
Leon got a tough draw in the first round. He was pitted against tournament No. 7 seed Tom Occhipinti of Dunmore. He fell 6-1, 6-2.
The first three rounds of the PIAA District 2 doubles championships will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at Kirby Park. The semifinals and finals are set for 1 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at a site to be determined.