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Lower Merion boys tennis wins 1st district team title since 2017

The Lower Merion High School boys’ tennis team won its first District 1 team championship since 2017, the same year the Aces went on to win the PIAA state title.

In the championship final, the Aces (20-0) defeated Conestoga, 5-0, Wednesday, winning all five matches in straight sets.

At first singles, Vik Miller defeated Peter Auslander, 7-5, 6-0; at second singles, Justin Minerva defeated Justin Xu, 6-3, 6-0; and at third singles, Justin Yi defeated Aaron Sun, 6-0, 6-3.

At first doubles, Brian Yi and Ethan Blum defeated Manas Dhawan and Aryan Malhotra, 6-0, 6-1; and at second doubles, Mark Lancaster and Stoyan Angelov defeated Hemanth Kolluri and Leo Guillen, 7-5, 7-6(4).

The Aces advance to the PIAA 3A state team tournament as the No. 1 seed.

Lower Merion defeated Harriton, 3-0, in the district semifinals Tuesday. At second singles, Justin Minerva defeated Jacob Kerstein, 6-0, 6-2; at third singles, Justin Yi defeated Nathaneal Ghez,  6-1, 6-0; and at first doubles, Brian Yi and Ethan Blum defeated Devon Parikh and Nolan Boon, 6-1, 6-0.

At the time of stoppage (first team to win three matches), Harriton’s first singles, Ethan Carr, was leading Lower Merion’s Vik Miller, 5-3; and at second doubles, Lower Merion’s Mark Lancaster and Stoyan Angelov were leading Harriton’s Matthew Yoon and Newman Yielding, 6-4, 1-0.

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