New Trier has lost its 2021 state singles champion and two-time state runners-up team, but the reigning state champions appear to have plenty in their tank for this men’s tennis season.
The Trevians swept all four flights in doubles and saw Matthew Plunkett defeat Barrington senior Pranav Gadiraju in No. 1 singles to overtake all eight teams and win the first major of the season on Saturday at the Knights Tennis Invitational at the host Prospect.
The Trevians had 68 points, Barrington 40, Highland Park 38 and Wheaton North would complete the top four.
“We have a very good team with a lot of depth and some freshmen playing and they will get a lot of experience here at the start which will only make them and the team better,” said Gadiraju, who fell to Plunkett, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 in his final.
Gadiraju, who was a state qualifier a year ago and went 22-7 this season, will move to Johns Hopkins next fall, where he will continue to play.
“We played well today, but we didn’t close the big points you need to win a tournament like this. It was a good start, but we have a lot to do in the coming weeks. to get to the level we want to be,” Barrington coach John Roncone said.
Connor Stelter-Wils Warren, who was a state doubles qualifier last year for Libertyville, would finish third overall, beating the Barrington team of Ethan Park and Gabe Mills, 6-4, 6-4.
“Last year we came together as a doubles team after playing the top two spots in singles. This year we will have the advantage of playing together all season, so we think our chances of being even better in the state are so much better,” said Stelter, who with Warren was in the top 16 in the state.
Mills, who will play next fall at DePauw University, and his partner would beat second-place finisher Max Rosenfeld-Ben Aizenberg of Highland Park 6-3, 6-4 earlier in the season.
Wheaton North junior Henry Ros, a state qualifier in 2021, finished fourth overall in singles after dropping a 6-2, 7-5 match to Highland Park rookie Blake Gold.
South of Maine:
At the Maine South Hawks’ Park Ridge Invitational, the Hawks’ dynamic duo of Jack Belconis-Marco Czosnyka took their overall record to 12-0 after blasting past a trio of opponents to claim the doubles crown at the No. ° 1.
“We congratulate each other on matches and a full year together in doubles, after each playing singles last year, should help us earn a top seed in the state and from there we look to play as well. far in the tournament as possible,” said Belconis, who will compete at Ohio State next fall.
Czosnyka, who will play at Carthage College, was a national singles qualifier with Belconis.
Jacobs senior Thomas Nelson, who finished sixth statewide a year ago, would concede seven games in his three matches to win the No. 1 singles top prize.
“My serve and forehand have improved from last year and I feel like I’m able to score points and not spend so much time finishing my opponents,” said Nelson, who was a dazzling 40-8 in 2021 and is on course for Marquette University to play in the fall.
Maine West senior George Cuica, who will play at Lake Forest College, had to withdraw from his third place match due to leg cramps and would finish fourth overall.
“The combination of academics and the ability to continue playing at the college level is what would attract me to attending Lake Forest College next year,” Cuica, 16-4 a year ago, said giving the Warriors a mighty punch with double state qualifier Kamil Kozerski.