DeMarco brothers win State Doubles Title

Joe and Matt DeMarco became just the third doubles team in Cathedral Prep history to win a state title, defeating the defending champs Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann from North Allegheny in the PIAA AAA Finals at the Hershey Racquet Club on Saturday May 28th.

The DeMarco brothers denied Jared Isaacs, a senior, from his third straight PIAA Doubles Championship. Joe and Matt proved to be too strong for the North Allegheny duo, winning a convincing third set and taking the match 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-3.

The first set was tight throughout with several breaks of serve by each team. Isaacs and Hofmann broke in the final game of the set to take it 7-5. Prep’s pair came back strong in the second, getting up an early break 2-0 before falling behind 4-2. A tense finish to the set saw the North Allegheny pair earn a match point at 6-5 on Matt DeMarco’s serve. The freshman calmed his nerves and was able to hold to force a tiebreaker. The brothers won the tiebreaker convincingly 7-1 and carried that momentum into the third set.

Prep’s duo came out firing in the third, getting out to an early 4-1 lead. From there, Joe and Matt were each able to hold their serves to close out the match. Serving for the championship at 5-3 40-15, Matt fired in a second serve and after a forehand exchange with Hofmann, Joe lunged over to volley for a winner and the championship!

Joe, a sophomore, and Matt, a freshman, delivered Prep’s first state title since Mario Nicolia and Alex Brzozowski won the doubles in 2012. The DeMarco boys also join their father Pat DeMarco as state champions. Pat won the PIAA Doubles title in 1984 with Matt Lynch.

Doubles State Champs:

1984: Pat DeMarco & Matt Lynch

2012: Alex Brzozowski & Mario Nicolia

2016: Joe DeMarco & Matt DeMarco

District Ten Titles:

2001 2002 2003 2004 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016

Metro Titles:

1986 1992 1994 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Regional Titles:

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016

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