PHS boys tennis extends winning streak
On Friday, Parkland tennis faced its biggest conference challenge of the season going up against Nazareth. Both teams had perfect conference records, but when the match was done, it was Parkland left standing undefeated after a 6-1 win.
The Trojans swept singles play with Nick Kshatri, Nate Lyman and Aneesh Kapoor all winning in straight sets. Parkland then took three of the four doubles matches to wrap up the contest.
Kshatri squared off against Ben Tauber and won 6-3, 6-1, while Kapoor was able to beat Tauber’s younger brother, Nate, 6-1, 6-2. Lyman grabbed a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mike Fishler in the number-two singles match.
“It’s nice to win, personally, but I’m also focusing on the team and we’re doing a really good job, and that’s what matters,” said Kshatri after his win.
Every season, it seems like there’s a team with a chance to knock off Parkland and every year, the Trojans turn them away and continue their winning streak in conference play.
“We haven’t lost a league match since 2004, so we’re used to it,” said Kshatri. “It’s the same as all of the other years. I think overall, the competition isn’t quite as tough as when I first started playing varsity. There are some good players, coming up, but it just seems like when I started, there were so many good players and the teams were tougher.”
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament takes place starts Thursday and wraps up Saturday, followed by the District 11 singles tournament that begins April 25. District 11 recently released the seedings for the tournament and Kshatri is seeded second behind Emmaus’ Matt FitzMaurice. The two squared off in last year’s finals, with FitzMaurice getting the win and there’s no reason to think that the two won’t be facing each other again this season. Nate Lyman is seeded seventh in the tournament and Aneesh Kapoor comes in unseeded.
Parkland figures to do well in both the EPC and District Tournaments, hoping for a return to states for the team competition. Last season, they lost in the district finals to Freedom.
An impressive part of Parkland’s season is the fact that its has been without key players on occasion because of things like college visits, but has had enough depth to continue winning. The Trojans’ only blemish came against perennial power Moravian Academy, who they won’t have to face in the postseason, because they are in different classes.