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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBTop singles player Alex Son is one of several seniors on this year’s Parkland boys tennis team. Copyright - DonHerb                                               PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBTop singles player Alex Son is one of several seniors on this year’s Parkland boys tennis team. Copyright - DonHerb

Tennis team returns six seniors in 2018

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Entering the 2018 spring season, the Parkland boys tennis team will have the luxury of senior leadership in its lineup. Six seniors will occupy the Trojans’ lineup this season, with three of the seniors having the experience of competing in last year’s District 11 3A tournament.

Senior Alex Son made it to the district quarterfinals last season in the singles tournament, while seniors Sam Zahn and Jonah Grob qualified for the district doubles tournament, but fell in the opening round. Son also clinched a berth in the doubles semifinals with Aneesh Kapoor, before falling to eventual champion Liberty.

Parkland last won the team District 11 Class 3A championship in 2016, and is looking to return to the top in 2018.

“We always strive to improve every day and compete hard in every match,” said head coach Mike Hingston. “We are looking forward to challenging the top teams in the EPC and in District 11. I feel that we have the talent and experience to be able to do so.”

The Trojans have enough leadership of upperclassmen in the lineup to be able to compete at the highest level this season. Parkland will be led by Son at the number one spot in singles, followed by senior Ryan Guzman at two and Zahn at three.

In the doubles lineup, Hingston will have plenty of options to choose from, including Grob, seniors Nishant Chitluru and Ben Palumbo, juniors Matthew Liu and Conrad Lee, and freshman Ankit Lenka.

Once again, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 will be strong at the top, and Parkland will have a ton of competition.

“There are so many tough teams in our district,” Hingston said. “We’ll have to play our absolute best tennis against the likes of Liberty, Nazareth, Whitehall, Central Catholic, and Emmaus. I’m excited to see what this group can accomplish. This is outstanding group of young men with a tremendous senior class that has already done great things for Parkland tennis.”

Parkland began the 2018 season by winning its first two matches and look to get back to the top of the league, where it won 12 straight league titles before last season.