PHOENIXVILLE - The weather is heating up and so is the caliber of local boys tennis performances.
On a beautiful Tuesday afternoon, Phoenixville entertained Upper Perkiomen and dominated the Indians, 7-0, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference meet at the Leo J. Scoda Courts. The Phantoms (4-0 PAC-10, 9-0 overall) dropped just six games all day.
It was the second shutout in two days for the Phantoms, who blanked Perkiomen Valley, 7-0, in a makeup match Monday.
"We played well," Phoenixville coach Leo Scoda said. "We are finally starting to see good tennis with the warmer weather. The kids are real loose and are making good strokes. I am pleased where we are at."
Alex Cascone, Micah Cascone, Anthony Gresko and Ben Potts swept singles matches for the Phantoms. The three Phoenixville doubles tandems did not lose a game to the Indians (1-1, 4-2).
It marked the start of a busy week for the Phantoms with three meets plus the PAC-10 Singles Championships this Friday and Saturday at Owen J. Roberts High School.
At first singles, senior Alex Cascone downed Tribe sophomore Randall Stauffer 6-0, 6-0. By the time that match was completed, the final outcome was already decided.
"I definitely want to get ready for this weekend," Cascone said. "My game seems pretty tight right now so everything should go well. My serve, especially, is working."
Alex has maintained the number one spot this year despite repeated challenges by twin brother Micah.
"Being number one is annoying," Alex said. "Micah is always challenging me to get it back. I like it better than being second. Being number one you see a lot better players. He (Micah) had it last year so I might as well have it this year."
Alex likes having a number of matches this week to tune up for the championships.
"It gives you more practice for your game," Alex said.
The Cascones and Owen J. Roberts' Ben Fleming and Brant Buckley are the favorites for the championships as returnees from a year ago. The seeding meeting will take place this evening.
Micah Cascone defeated Shane Pannepacker 6-0, 6-4 at second singles.
Gresko earned the Phantoms their first point of the day with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Brandon Stauffer. Potts followed with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Josh Clevenstine.
In doubles Phoenixville's Tom Stoltz/Sean Curley, Austin Alfonsi/Greg Mayer and Brian Chernuta/Sean Henzie rolled to victories.
Against Perkiomen Valley, Gresko, Potts, Mayer and Kyle MacLelland posted singles victories. MacLelland won a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 match over Will Gray at fourth singles.
The Phantoms visit Spring-Ford Thursday at 3:30 p.m.