WILKES-BARRE – For the better part of an hour, two empty courts separated Wyoming Seminary’s Eamon Gibbons, a Clarks Summit resident, and Scranton Prep’s Pete Kazmierczak and the rest of the remaining competition, allowing the two ample room to spar back and forth to the delight of the Kirby Park crowd.
It was all for nothing ultimately. Scranton Prep’s No. 2 doubles team of Sahil Garg and Jack Habeeb took care of their opponent to seal a 3-0 victory Wednesday for the Cavaliers’ fourth-consecutive District 2 Class 2A boys tennis championship.
Clarks Summit residents Tarquin McGurrin and Tony Kutz won singles matches for Prep in the match.
Scranton Prep will face the loser of Thursday’s District 3 final between Wyomissing and Lancaster Country Day on Tuesday, May 17 in the PIAA tournament.
Trailing 3-2 in the second set, Garg and Habeeb earned a key win, down 40-15 on the Blue Knights’ serve, to start the comeback. The Cavaliers’ duo won three of the final four games to close out the 6-4, 6-4 match.
“Well, it was a very fine match,” Scranton Prep head coach Kathleen McKenna said. “Seminary played well. I thought that our (No. 2) doubles team pulled it out to end it. They played well in the first set, and the other team was coming back in the second.”
Gibbons faced the most grueling matches of the day, and both of his decisions resulted in a halt. At No. 1 singles, he and Kazmierczak went nine points in the first set without breaking serve. Kazmierczak finally broke Gibbons via a double-fault for a 6-4 win.
“Just a little bit of nerves,” Gibbons said. “He hit a few good returns in that game. I hit some poor serves and double-faulted to end it. It’s something to move on.”
Gibbons played him tough again in the second set before it was halted at 5-3. The Blue Knight junior had a similar result in the semifinal match earlier in the day. Gibbons won the first set 6-4 and was tied 4-4 with Holy Cross’ Jim Tressler, of Clarks Green, before the match was halted.
Both Kazmierczak and Tressler will be likely foes in the district singles tournament.
“It was one of my better days,” Gibbons said. “It’s good playing against guys of this caliber. I usually don’t get to see them throughout the season. It was very fun play.”
Dallas fell to Scranton Prep 3-0 in the semifinals held earlier in the afternoon. Kazmierczak, McGurrin and Kutz won in singles play for the Cavaliers.
Robert Tomkavage contributed to this story.