Maines brothers fall at PIAA doubles tourney|
Saturday, May 24, 2014
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HERSHEY - Clearfield tennis players Cory Maines and Kerry Maines both had dreams of competing in the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament, and that came to fruition on May 12 when they won the District 9 tournament.
But the Maines brothers ran into a buzzsaw in Abington's Dan Tornea and Thomas Christian.
The power serving was too much for Cory and Kerry as they fell in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA tournament, 6-2, 6-0, on Friday at the Hershey Racquet Club.
"I think the level of competition is clearly different than what they are used to seeing," said Bison head coach Brian Lytle. "There's an adjustment period. It took some time for them to adjust. It kind of looked like they were uncomfortable with the speed and the pace of the ball. That's just a matter of time and lack of exposure at this level.
"I'm not sure if it was as much being overwhelmed as it was needing the adjustment period."
Kerry Maines, who is a junior and will get the chance to make a return trip next season, earned a service win in the first game of the match.
However, Tornea and Christian stormed back to take five straight games. Cory also won a service game before Tornea and Christian took the first set, 6-2.
Things didn't get any easier for the Maines brothers as the Abington team swept the second set, 6-0.
The match was the last match for Cory's high school career, while Kerry will return as the team leader next season.
"The advantage of being down here as a junior is seeing the facilities and seeing the level that you're going to be competing against," said Lytle.
"You can get familiar with your surroundings. That is a building block for Kerry for next year. He can use this as motivation.
"They wanted to go through this journey together. They got to play against a great team - a No. 1 seed out of Philadelphia. They got to compete together. Those are stories that you can't take away from them for the rest of their lives. It's a great experience. Although they lost, they enjoyed competing. This doesn't happen to very many people."
Tornea and Christian also won in quarterfinal action on the day as they beat Erie McDowell's Chris Jiuliante and Nick Donovan, 6-3, 6-3.
The tournament semifinals began this morning at 11 a.m.