Quaker Valley Boys’ Tennis aims to defend the WPIAL Class 2A title

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Sunday 10 April 2022 | 8:01


The Quaker Valley boys’ tennis team is a defender of the WPIAL Class 2A title.

And with a roster of seniors this spring – including last year’s top three players, Mike Sirianni, Will Sirianni and Henry Veeck – the Quakers are looking for a chance to repeat.

Netters QV coaches Christi Hays, who started her fifth season with a career record of 38-7.

“In 2019, we were WPIAL finalists and quarters in the states,” Hays said. “2020 was a year of covid and in 2021 we were the champions of WPIAL and we advanced to the districts in the states. Although both seasons were very successful by any standard, the boys and I simply could not help feeling that we left “chips on the table”.

“So to say that we are extremely excited about our prospects for this year is an understatement. We are all-in and we think we have a team for that. With so many returning players, it’s almost a ‘waste of wealth’. We have great talent and great depth, which is important in the high school format of the three singles and two doubles that make up the match.

“But it’s very important that we don’t go ‘too far from our skis,’ which means we have to take every step as it comes and take care of the business one match after another. Expectations are slippery. You still have to really stay the course and stay upright. That is our goal. “

Last year, after winning first place, Quaker Valley won its first WPIAL title since 2003 with a 3-2 victory over South Park.

Last year, the Quakers were also champions of the sections, advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals and finished 13-1.

Mike Sirianni, who competed in first place in singles, was 10-3, won the title in the section and finished as a silver medalist for WPIAL.

Will Sirianni placed 2nd in singles and placed fourth in WPIAL after finishing second in the section. He was also second to WPIAL in doubles and scored 11-1.

The Sirianni twins are joined by Veeck, in 3rd place in singles. who had a year 10-2.

“We really don’t want to overtake,” Veeck said. “We want to stay humble and win the match one by one.” Because of that, we won WPIAL last year, and I think this year is all the better. We lost two important players from last year, but every single starter has really improved significantly this year.

“I entered this year to keep my third place in singles and it looks like it will work out. It was hard because everyone has improved a lot. But besides that, I want to be a team leader. It’s pretty hard because all seven “The starters are seniors, so I’m not old. But I try to lead where I can and be a vocal player.”

Elder Michael Lipton, Justin Hajdukiewicz and Devin Carter and sophomore Chase Merkel are back in doubles. Lipton (11-1) and Hajdukiewicz (9-1) led 20-2 together last season.

Lipton and Veeck placed fourth at last year’s WPIAL doubles tournament. Hajdukiewicz was also a leading doubles player last spring and won a decisive match against South Park in the WPIAL final.

“But everyone gets a chance in singles,” Hays said.

This year’s university roster is complemented by senior Ryan Edwards, junior Michel Snyder, sophomores Joseph Veeck, Grant Webb and Brahm Gianiodis and Grayson Beatty, the best freshman candidate.

“Ryan Edwards is back after two years off to focus on football,” Hays said. “It adds great depth, leadership and versatility and mentality to the state championships, which was exceptional in the QV state champions football team.

“Our strengths are definitely our experience and the depth of the team. And we also got a lot of inspiration from all the success of our QV fall and winter sports teams. ”

The Quakers played a power role in the first half of the season, picking up a 6-0 section and 8-0 overall records.

“I think the biggest strength of our team is culture,” said Henry Veeck. “Our coach says we’re very goofy and she’s right, but in a good way.” Since everyone starting out is older, we’ve been going to school together since high school and we’ve been playing together on the team since freshman year.

“We are very close and we know each other very well. We are good at gathering each other and having fun. This is definitely one of the reasons why we are so good; we’re just having fun. We all want to be here. We’ve been looking forward to this season all year. ”

Along with the post-season.

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