by Tom Utescher
The brand new tennis facility at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy will be ready for use next month, but during this spring season no home courts have been available to the Blue Devils.
Leading a nomadic existence, the SCH racquetmen have found rough going against their colleagues in the Inter-Ac much of the time, but last week the Devils were able to win both matches in their home/away series with league rival Germantown Academy.
On Tuesday the Blue Devils secured a 6-1 victory over the Patriots in a match SCH “hosted” at the Fort Washington Swim & Tennis Club, which is much closer to GA than to Springside Chestnut Hill.
The Devils captured five of their wins in straight sets, thanks to Josh Moss at first singles, and to the four doubles teams (First: Tim Ogle and Harrison Tracy; Second: Chris Dalglish and Brian Giegerich; Third: Matt Giegerich and Wyatt Smith; Fourth: Andrew Dolente and Henry Kelly).
Germantown Academy was saved from a sweep by third singles player Jeremy Strockoz, who took a three-set match from Billy Harris of SCH. The other three-setter that afternoon was clinched by the Blue Devils’ Jay Regam, who won 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-7 (a super-breaker) at second singles over the Patriots’ Aaron Seidman.
The teams met two days later on Germantown Academy’s campus courts, and this time the Pats picked up another victory for a 2-5 team score.
SCH coach Larry Hyde made a few changes in his line-up, but the top two singles spots stayed the same. Moss won again in the premier position (6-3, 6-2), but at second singles Germantown’s Seidman reversed the outcome from Tuesday, this time topping Regam in two 6-0 sets.
SCH’s Harris had another commitment that day, so Dalglish, an eighth grader, moved up into the third singles slot. Here’s where the Patriots picked up their other win, as Strockoz prevailed, 6-2, 6-4.
The same first doubles duo for SCH, Ogle and Tracy, gutted out a 6-3, 7-6 (12-10) win against Jackson Korman and Alec Dakin of the host team. This time at second doubles, Brian Giegerich had a different partner in Peter Ferraro, but the new combo adjusted quickly enough to post a 7-5, 6-0 victory against GA’s Santbir Chawla and Daniel O’Brien.
Smith and Matt Giegerich were still playing together at third doubles, where they had to go three sets to overcome Andrew Karr and Eli Schleicher of the Patriots, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. At fourth doubles, Dolente and Kelly won, 6-0, 6-4, against GA’s Arjun Nair and Mike Shangguan.