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Cavaliers claim PIT by tie-breaker

PRINCETON — The tie goes to the Cavaliers.

LaSalle-Peru captured Saturday’s Princeton Tennis Invitational championship by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dixon, in which the Cavs won three out of four matches against the Dukes. Both teams scored 21 points for the tournament.

The best finish for the host Tigers, fourth overall, came at No. 2 singles where Zach Hicks finished second. He went 4-1 defeating L-P’s Alex Strickler 6-2, 6-4, Streator’s Steve Lawless 6-0, 6-0, St. Bede’s Mike Zwyica 6-2, 6-2 and Mendota’s Joey Meyers 4-6, 6-4, 10-3. He met Matt Kerr of Dixon for the championship and fell 0-6, 2-6.

“Zach had a great day of tennis.  He moved the ball around and got some free points on his serve,” PHS coach Connie Lind said. “It came down to the last match of the day for Zach against Dixon for first and second place. I’m not sure which player was more exhausted.”

The Princeton No. 2 doubles team of Ian Nichols and Miguel Austin claimed third place with a 3-2 record. They beat Streator (4-6, 7-6, 10-5), Dixon (3-6, 6-4, 10-7) and St. Bede’s Ernie Steinz and Eric Li (6-1, 6-0), but lost to L-P (3-6, 5-7) and Mendota (5-7, 6-4, 7-10).

Also for PHS, Garrett Kostello placed fourth at No. 1 singles and Brady Frank and Elliott Beetz placed sixth at No. 1 singles.

L-P took firsts at No. 1 singles with Reo Hammers and No. 1 doubles with Jake and Trent Lipka and No. 2 doubles with Justin Birks and Drake Bruhns.

Dixon took the other first-place finish at No. 2 singles to go with three seconds in tallying 21 points.

Mendota (14) finished third as a team followed by PHS (13), Streator (9) and St. Bede (6).

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