With three finalists, State College finished third in its annual State College Invitational on a breezy Saturday.
Defending PIAA Class AAA team champion Lower Merion finished first with 20 points, winning all three doubles brackets and three of four singles brackets, and Dallastown took the other singles match and was second with 12. State College was third with nine and Wyoming Seminary had one point for fourth.
Nick Vanden won his opening match 6-3, 6-0 over Dallastown’s Hunter Jones, then fell 6-5, 7-6 (4) to Lower Merion’s Thiebault Veknier.
Fernando del Castillo beat Dallastown’s David Trimmer 6-1, 6-0 at third singles, then fell 6-0, 6-3 to Lower Merion’s Sean Attebery.
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In doubles, Garrett Schoonmaker and Sankar Ramesh won 6-3, 6-0 over their Wyoming Seminary opponent, then lost to Lower Merion’s Aseda Adebamgbe and Harrison Axelrod 6-4, 7-5.
“This was a great tournament with a ton of talented tennis players,” Little Lions coach Jane Borden said. “Lower Merion won the PIAA AAA team title last year and had several individual medalists. Dallastown is the top team from District 3 so the (State College) guys had a wonderful opportunity to compete at a high level today.”