Several Main Line high school boys’ tennis squads enjoyed memorable seasons this past spring, particularly Lower Merion (24-0), who captured the Central League title, the District 1 3A championship and the PIAA 3A state team championship.
Conestoga (19-3) finished second in the District 1 3A team tournament, and advanced to the PIAA 3A state tourney; and Harriton (13-5) advanced to the PIAA 3A state team semifinals before losing to eventual state champ Lower Merion.
Radnor (7-4 in the Central League) finished fifth in the Central League standings, behind Lower Merion (11-0), Conestoga (10-1), Harriton (9-2) and Garnet Valley (8-3).
Episcopal Academy (12-2 overall) posted its best record in seven years, and the top record (9-1) in the Inter-Ac, while Haverford School (14-3) won the Inter-Ac post-season tournament.
Devon Prep was runnerup in the Catholic League and had its first state tennis champion when Mitchell Bramlage and Ryan Bill teamed to win the PIAA 2A doubles tournament. Friends’ Central (6-3) advanced to the Friends Schools League team championship final.
The All-Main Line high school boys’ tennis teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention – but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2021 All-Main Line high school boys’ tennis teams:
First team – singles
Peter Auslander, Conestoga – Senior captain provided powerful play at first singles, posting a 17-5 record. Received first team All-Central League honors at singles, and won the first round of the PIAA District 1 3A singles tournament.
Justin Xu, Conestoga – Sophomore proved tough to beat at second singles for the District 1 3A finalists, posting a 19-3 record. Was All-Central League second team at singles.
Mitchell Bramlage, Devon Prep – Junior co-captain was the Catholic League MVP for the second time and did not lose a set in PCL play; was District 12 singles runnerup; and teamed with Ryan Bill to capture the PIAA 2A doubles state championship.
Niki Lavu, Episcopal Academy – Junior first singles was a strong player at the top position for the Churchmen, receiving first team All-Inter-Ac honors at singles.
Gavin Schmidt, Episcopal Academy – Freshman second singles gave the powerful Churchmen squad a strong performer at the No. 2 position, and received first team All-Inter-Ac honors at singles.
Ethan Carr, Harriton – Junior first singles posted a 14-6 record, placed third in the Central League Tournament, fifth in the District 1 3A singles tourney and advanced to the PIAA 3A state singles tournament.
Andrew Minnis, Haverford School – Senior captain posted a 13-4 record at first and second singles, and received first team All-Inter-Ac recognition at singles.
Jay Crowther, Haverford School – Sophomore was a strong performer for the Fords at first singles, receiving first team All-Inter-Ac honors at singles.
Vikas Miller, Lower Merion – Senior was undefeated at first singles for the PIAA 3A state champions, and he captured the PIAA 3A state singles championship. “He’s a relentless competitor and very much like a second coach, always willing to help other players during practice,” said LM head coach Harris Mailman.
Justin Minerva, Lower Merion – Senior was undefeated at second singles for the PIAA 3A state champion Aces, and advanced to the PIAA 3A state singles quarterfinal. Placed third in the District 1 3A singles tourney. Will play for Haverford College.
Justin Yi, Lower Merion – Junior was undefeated at third singles for the Central League, District 1 3A and PIAA 3A state champions, receiving second team All-Central League honors for singles.
Ariston Fonseca, Radnor – Freshman first singles posted a 15-2 record, and received first team All-Central League singles honors. Was Most Valuable Player of a strong Radnor squad.
Second team – singles
Conestoga – Aaron Sun, sophomore third singles.
Episcopal Academy – John Bishop, junior third singles.
Friends’ Central – Diego Spielman-Rodriguez, senior first singles; Adam Serota, senior second singles.
Haverford High – Matthew Blickley, senior first singles.
Haverford School – Damian Ferraro, junior third singles.
Malvern Prep – Hayden Fisher, freshman first singles.
Radnor – Garrett Spillerman, senior third singles; Ryan Klein, senior second singles.
Shipley – Sebastian Fras, senior singles.
Honorable mention – singles
Archbishop Carroll – Peter Mihaly, senior first singles; Nate Wallgren senior third singles.
Devon Prep – Ryan Bill, senior
Barrack Hebrew Academy – Gabe Tamarkin, senior first singles; Blake Fox, senior second singles.
Friends’ Central – Wes Bozman, freshman third singles.
First team – doubles
Peter Auslander and Justin Xu, Conestoga – Auslander, a senior, and Xu, a sophomore, finished second in both the PIAA 3A state doubles tournament and the District 1 3A doubles tourney.
Ryan Bill and Mitchell Bramlage, Devon Prep – Bill, a senior, teamed with Bramlage, the 2021 Daily Local News Boys Tennis Player of the Year, to win the PIAA 2A state doubles championship and the District 12 2A doubles title.
Justin Yi and Brian Yi, Lower Merion – Justin Yi, a junior, and Brian Yi, a freshman, teamed up to capture the PIAA 3A state doubles championship and the District 1 3A doubles title.
Second team – doubles
Conestoga – Manas Dhawan, junior first doubles; Vincent Yao and Vivek Chelur, sophomore fourth doubles.
Episcopal Academy – Petey Dugery and Dhilan Lavu, senior first doubles.
Harriton – Matthew Yoon (senior) and Newman Yielding (junior), second doubles.
Haverford School – Adamya Aggarwal and Christian Crowder, junior first doubles; George Laveran and Max Ferracci, senior second doubles.
Lower Merion – Ethan Blum, senior first doubles; Mark Lancaster and Stoyan Angelov, sophomore second doubles.
Radnor – Heonjin Kim (junior) and JP Pruett (sophomore), first doubles.
Honorable mention – doubles
Devon Prep – Colin McCusker and Brendan Thompson, senior first doubles.
Haverford School – Neil Sawhney, sophomore third doubles.
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