Boys tennis wins first seven matches
The Trojan tennis team continued its fast start with an impressive 7-0 blanking of Stroudsburg (5-3) to up its season mark to a perfect 5-0. Through Parkland’s five matches so far, Parkland has dropped just one game, with that coming in a 6-1 win over Allen last week.
Against Stroudsburg, Parkland was without number-two singles player Nate Lyman, but it didn’t derail their success. Number-one player Nick Kshatri won by forfeit and Aneesh Kapoor, who moved up into Lyman’s spot, took a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Brycen Butz. Nick Hawk, normally a doubles player, stepped into singles play and beat Austin Hicks-Frank 6-0, 6-0 for the singles sweep.
“It’s never good to be without one of your players, especially a kid as strong as Nate, but we’re deep enough that we can bump guys up if we have to, and not have to worry too much,” said coach Michael Hingston.
Parkland easily took three of the four doubles matches, with the only real challenge coming at number-three doubles, where Jesse Hance and Alex Son grabbed a 6-2, 6-4 win and kept Parkland’s shutout intact.
While the Trojans are off to a great start, they’re certainly not running away from the pack. There are three other teams – Nazareth (8-0), Liberty (7-0) and Emmaus (6-0) – still undefeated this season, with Central Catholic (5-1) hanging around with just one loss. Defending District 11 Champion Freedom has bounced back from a tough start with Liberty, Parkland and Emmaus all on its early season schedule and are now 3-3 in the EPC.
Parkland plays Liberty this week and has a tough stretch of back-to-back-to-back matches against Central Catholic, Emmaus and Nazareth next week, with just the match against Emmaus being on the road. The schedule also has conference matches against Northampton (2-3) and Whitehall (5-2) and a non-conference match against Moravian Academy (3-0).
“I think there’s a lot of parity in the conference this season,” Hingston said at the start of the year. “There are a lot of teams that are deep and have good players up and down the lineup. You don’t want to take any of those teams for granted.”