Tennis win streak at 112
Parkland tennis remains the only undefeated team in the Lehigh Valley Conference after surviving a scare in a nonleague match against Southern Lehigh. The Spartans battled the Trojans, but came up on the short end of a 4-3 score. Southern Lehigh is one of the stronger teams in the Colonial League and now stand at 8-2 in the league and 9-3 overall this season.
The Trojans' top singles player, Nick Kshatri and number three player Nate Lyman picked up straight set wins over their opponents and Parkland got wins from their bottom two doubles teams to secure the victory.
The doubles teams of Nishad Gothoskar and Alex Wu and Luke Kim and Tim Lichtenwalner both picked up 6-0, 6-0 wins.
Earlier in the week, the Trojans picked up easy wins over Northampton and Allen to extend their Lehigh Valley Conference win streak to 112 matches. Of Parkland's 10 wins this season, five have been shutouts. The team has gone an impressive 58-9 this season in matches.
"We've obviously played well and we've come together well as a team," said coach Michael Hingston. "Our guys take pride in how they play and they work hard to get better, which makes my job a little easier
With just a week to go until the District 11 singles tournament begins, Parkland hosts Nazareth and Whitehall early next week. This year's district tournament has been moved to Lehigh University after normally being held at the West End Racquet Club in Allentown. That club recently closed, leaving district officials scrambling for a place to play the tournament.
The LVC flighted tournament will be played on day after the singles championship matches. The LVC tournament will be held April 29 at Freedom High School.
After winning both the conference and district tournaments last year, the Trojans again figure to be the team to beat going into the post-season.
On the singles front, top player Kshatri went to the district quarterfinals last season and is hoping for an even stronger performance this year.
"I think I would be a little disappointed if I didn't do better this year," said Ksharti earlier in the season. "I think I'm a stronger player now than a year ago and that's one of my goals, to go further in districts this year."
Hingston is expecting good things from his team through the rest of the season and into the postseason, but he also knows that upsets can happen at any time and his players can't let up.
"I don't worry about that too much, because these kids always work hard and they know that there are teams looking to knock them off," said Hingston. "They don't take things for granted. I think once we get through the regular season, they'll probably be even more intense."