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Strath Haven earns state team tournament bid for first time in 16 years

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.

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