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
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
Doubles State Champs:
1984: Pat DeMarco & Matt Lynch
2012: Alex Brzozowski & Mario Nicolia
2016: Joe DeMarco & Matt DeMarco
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