The State College boys’ tennis season finally came to an end Friday — after a memorable year that featured three district titles (singles, doubles, team) and saw the team reach the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.
Little Lions sophomore Nick Vanden fell in straight sets Friday to Lower Merion’s Matt Robinson, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the singles championships. In the opening round of the doubles championships, the State College duo of Matt Wherley and Owen Lloyd didn’t fare much better with a loss to Great Valley’s Nikil Gangoli-Sam Kesti, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
“The guys should be proud of their accomplishments this season,” coach Jane Borden said. “They truly have had a magnificent spring. They lost today to some of the better high school tennis players in the state. They played hard, smart and with pride and passion.”
State College may not have come away with any gold medals at states, but it was still a historic season for the team. Not only did the Little Lions win the District 6 championship, but they reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2010 and had an 18-1 record. In district singles, Vanden claimed the title over his teammate, Wherley. And, in doubles, Wherley and Lloyd cruised to their own district championship.
The Little Lions lose only two seniors on next year’s team, and two of their top-3 singles players return. Regardless, it doesn’t seem as if Borden is about to forget about this group anytime soon.
“We couldn’t be more proud of them,” she said.