SCRANTON — The Scranton Prep boys tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 2A Championships last season and with many key contributors returning, head coach Kathleen McKenna is hopeful they can replicate or improve on that result.
Seniors Tony Kutz, of Clarks Summit, and Pete Kazmierczak along with junior Tarquin McGurrin, of Clarks Summit, are expected to be the primary singles players. Senior Sahil Garg, sophomores Jack Habeeb and Rhys Kelly, both of Clarks Summit, and freshman Logan Gregory will likely be the main doubles players.
McKenna believes the team’s experience will give the group an advantage in many matches throughout the league season and beyond.
“Not only have they played for district championships and at the state championships in Hershey, but we’ve had doubles teams who have advanced pretty far,” she said. “Our teams have been pretty successful the last four years.”
According to McKenna, even the younger players have looked poised during the first few weeks of practice.
“Some of our real strength is in the confidence and maturity of our underclassmen,” she said. “We have a pretty talented team. If we come together and gel a little more as a group, and develop a more consistent work ethic across the board, we should be able to repeat as district champions and make a pretty deep run at states.”
McKenna, who will begin her seventh season coaching the Cavaliers, expects Abington Heights and Holy Cross to provide the toughest competition within Lackawanna League play.
Scranton Prep will host Delaware Valley in a Lackawanna League match at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.
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