by Tom Utescher
With Main Line teams from Episcopal Academy and Haverford School continuing to be the major powers in boys’ Inter-Ac League tennis, the teams to the east of the Schuylkill tend to have their best shot at victory when they’re playing against each other.
Both Springside Chestnut Hill and Germantown Academy were looking for their first league win when they met at SCH last Tuesday, with the host Blue Devils coming in at 0-3, while the Patriots were 0-2. SCH turned out to be the team that was able to make a mark in the win column, pulling off a 7-0 sweep while improving to 2-4 overall.
The Devils’ line-up has been bolstered by the addition of some experienced players who were not out for the team at the beginning of the season, and they’re hoping that they can turn a few of their early losses into victories the second time through the league.
They’ve now played each of their league rivals once, except for Haverford, which is currently sitting in second place thanks to a 4-3 loss to Episcopal.
Against GA, SCH logged a 6-2, 6-3 win at first singles, with senior Josh Moss overcoming a Patriot sophomore, Aaron Seidman. Two seniors squared off in the second spot, where the hosts’ Pat Feighery breezed by Josh Chawla in a pair of 6-0 sets.
After starting the season as part of a doubles combo, Blue Devils freshman Chris Dalglish has now moved into the third singles spot, and he got the better of Patriots senior Alec Dakin, 6-4, 6-1.
Dalglish’s former doubles partner, Brian Giegerich, has now joined forces with senior classmate Harrison Tracy, and this recently-formed duo downed senior Arjun Nair and sophomore Danny O’Brien of GA, 6-2, 6-3.
The second doubles contest was the only match that went three sets – sort of. Germantown sophomores John Vernon and Eric Greenwood took the opening set at 6-2, then SCH junior Jay Regam and sophomore Wyatt Smith scrapped back for a 7-6 win in the second stanza with a 7-4 tiebreaker. Due to the advanced hour, a super-tiebreaker was played instead of a full third set, and here the Devils duo prevailed, 10-3.
It was juniors over sophomores at third doubles, with a 6-2, 6-2 win going to SCH’s Matt Giegerich and Garrison Xian in their tilt against GA 10th-graders Tanner Kramp and Andrew Karr. Blue Devil seniors Mason Blake and George Calle bring a lot of experience to the fourth doubles position, and they delivered a 6-3, 6-0 verdict against junior Michael Shangguan and sophomore Sam Korman of the Patriots, helping to complete a sweep for Springside Chestnut Hill.