For the first time in 16 years, Strath Haven boys tennis is headed to the state team tournament.
The Panthers did it with a little bit of drama, too. Phinneas L’Armand won his matchup at No. 3 singles to seal Haven’s 3-2 win over Upper Dublin in the District 1 fifth-place match. L’Armand dropped the first set, 4-6, before rolling to 6-4, 6-2 wins in the ensuing sets.
Xandy Hammitt and Clay Gaieski both won in straight sets in their singles matchups for the No. 9 Panthers, who stunned the No. 3 Cardinals for the fifth and final spot in the state tournament.
Academy Park 3, Woodlynde School 2 >> Losing a heartbreaker of an opening set didn’t faze Academy Park’s Phi Tang.
Tang bounced back to claim the next two sets in convincing fashion to help the Knights to a 3-2 season-ending victory over Woodlynde School for coach Reggie Day’s 635th career win.
Tang dropped the opener, 6-7 (6), before roaring back for 6-4, 6-1 wins. Kevin Tran won in straight sets at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-1, while Abdulai Gassama was even more impressive as he won in straight sets without losing a game at No. 3 singles.