TENNIS: Potters’ DiLoreto reaches district

From Staff Reports

DOVER-Nick DiLoreto became the first East Liverpool tennis player in seven years to qualify for the district tournament when he advanced to the semifinals in Div. II sectional action Tuesday at Dover City Park.

DiLoreto-the fourth seed-had a first round bye and won two matches to earn his spot.

The top four finishers out of the field of 28 advance to the Athens Division II district tournament at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at Ohio University.

DiLoreto will be back in action Friday at Dover when he plays the number-three seed for district seeding purposes.

Also for East Liverpool, Joey Bickerton and Jonathan Montgomery lost in the quarterfinals.

Neither of East Liverpool’s doubles teams won a match.

FIRST ROUND SINGLES: Joey Bickerton (EL) def. Cadri (Claymont), 6-0, 6-1; Jonathan Montgomery def. Boltz (Indian Creek), 6-1, 6-0.

SECOND ROUND SINGLES: Nick DiLoreto (EL) def. Wiley (St. Clairsville), 6-3, 6-1; Joey Bickerton (EL) def. Hawkins (Berlin Hiland), 6-2, 6-2; Jonathan Montgomery (EL) def. Hartley (Coshocton), 6-4, 6-4.

QUARTERFINAL SINGLES: Nick DiLoreto (EL) def. Rosaschi (Steubenville), 6-2, 6-2; Joey Bickerton (EL) lost to Wiandt (Coshocton), 6-4, 6-3; Jonathan Montgomery (EL) def. Keating (Dover), 6-1, 6-1.

SEMIFINAL SINGLES: Nick DiLoreto (EL) lost to Mullet (Berlin Hiland) 6-0, 6-2.

FIRST ROUND DOUBLES: Cole Hamilton-Cayden Madison (EL) lost to Jenkins-Molack (Claymont), 6-2, 6-2.

SECOND ROUND DOUBLES: Andrew Hutchman-Patrick Clark (EL) lost to Clevenger-Isa (Steubenville), 6-4, 6-4.