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DLN ALL-AREA: Boys tennis first team, second team

FIRST TEAM SINGLES

Tristan Bradley, Unionville
A freshman, Bradley helped guide the Indians to the Ches-Mont American title and a perfect 13-0 regular season record. Bradley’s lone league loss in the regular season came to Downingtown East’s Michael Dickson, the state champion. “Bradley is a scrappy player who fights hard and never gives up,” said East head coach Chris Waychunas.” Unseeded, he made a run to the District One quarterfinals thanks to two big upsets, before falling to the No. 4 see in three sets.

James Harrington, Malvern Prep
A West Chester resident, Harrington became the Friars’ first undefeated Inter-Ac champion in 28 years. A senior heading to Bucknell, Harrington’s overall record at No. 1 singles was 10-1. “He was our best player, our captain and our leader,” said Malvern head coach Anthony DeCecco. “I would give him an A+ on everything he did. He’s an excellent athlete who’s worked hard on his game to become more of an offensive player. Before, he would just use his athleticism to wear opposing players down. Now he is much better at the net.”

Sam Kesti, Great Valley
A sophomore, Kesti grabbed All-League honors after winning the Ches-Mont American singles crown. Exhibiting good power on a smallish frame, Kesti topped Kennett’s Trent Harner twice in straight sets in the same week. It was part of a strong finishing kick for Kesti which culminated in the division title. “Sam hits the ball particularly well when he is feeling confident,” said Great Valley head coach Paul Waltz.

Trent Harner, Kennett
A junior, Harner went 14-3 for the season and was named All-League. His marquee victory was a three-set marathon in the semifinals of the Ches-Mont Tournament over Tristan Bradley, avenging a regular season loss. “Trent has very good groundstrokes from the baseline,” said Kennett head coach Ken Riale. “He has a kick serve and can ground it out from the baseline. Tennis is a lot about confidence and he gained that as the year went on. He definitely got better as the season went on, but he was pretty good all year.”

FIRST TEAM DOUBLES

Max Howarth/Alex Moon, Conestoga
Unlike some others, this ’Stoga twosome played strictly doubles, and did it very well. Two seniors, Howarth and Moon came in second in the Central League Tournament and were named All-League. They were 16-3 overall and helped lead the Pioneers to a 13-2 record. “They were very dominant,” said Conestoga head coach Jonathan Goodman. They were committed to doubles and enjoyed playing it. They like the camaraderie and they had excellent communication. Plus, they balanced each other out. Howarth is a lefty, Moon is a righty. One was more athletic and the other more of a leader.

Jacob Meehan/Warrik Parvess, Great Valley
The Patriots’ All-League duo dropped their first match of the season and then went 15-0 the rest of the way, capped off by a Ches-Mont American championship. A senior and freshman, respectively, Meehan and Parvess complimented each other well, and together were able to put pressure on opponents with tough serve and volley expertise. “They won a lot of three-set matches,” said Great Valley head coach Paul Waltz. “They won six or seven of those. They were very good in the clutch.”

Mike Muscato/Harris Avgousti, Unionville
The latest in a long line of excellent doubles teams from Unionville, Muscato and Avgousti were an integral part of the Indians’ unbeaten record. The team’s lone defeat during the 2016 season came in a tough three-setter against Meehan and Parvess, and they went on to earn All-League honors. Doubles was the strength of Unionville’s team and this duo was the heart and soul of that unit. “The doubles really carried us this season,” Unionville head coach Sharon Largent said, “and they were our best doubles team.”

Will Delaney/Justin Aksu, West Chester East
The top two singles players at West Chester East, Delaney and Aksu teamed up for the Ches-Mont Tournament and came away with a National Division title. A senior and junior, respectively, the duo went on to win a match at the District One Tourney before falling to the No. 7 seeded team for their only setback together. “They both got into the Districts the year before with different partners,” said East head coach Anthony Santonastaso. “They complimented each other quite well. Justin he was more of the offensive player with the big serve, and Will was the consistent guy who kept everything in play and did well setting up Justin.”

SECOND TEAM SINGLES
Blake Baxter, West Chester Henderson
Matt Crawford, West Chester Henderson
Riley Dunn, West Chester Rustin
Will Cavalier, Avon Grove

SECOND TEAM DOUBLES
Ben Beggs/Suraj Manoj, West Chester East
Zach Sokoloff/Daniel Hopping, Unionville
Dylan Dunkelberger/Jay Pendyala, Downingtown East
Connor McGlone/Noah Rasero, Kennett

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