Hersey surpasses Foreign for Invite Crown

In what has become a league of talented teams with plenty of first-class talent, both Hersey and Fremd are considered to be among the Mid-Suburban League favorites along with Barrington.

On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Hersey and Stranger met in the final of the Hersey Tennis Invite in Arlington Heights, where host Huskies claimed a 4-3 victory in dramatic fashion.

With all that was left, the Huskies ‘team of Kacper Pasielak and freshman Andrew Weber had played as No. 1 doubles, surviving the Vikings’ pair: Jason Sze-Amaye Shyani, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 10 -7 to give the reigning MSL East champions the title.

Sze-Shyani was a state qualifier a year ago.

“We were happy to be in the final of our own invitation, and especially to play Stranger. It was an exciting final, and when we played them again on Monday in conference play, the result might be different,” said Hersey coach Andy Walton, whose team advanced after victories over Cary-Grove and Glenbard West to reach the final.

“We should be an even better team this season, even if we lost Max (Sheldon, the state’s second place). We have a lot more depth,” said Herseys Brent Chen, who as a rookie a year ago went 3-2 in the state. and will take on Sheldon as the Huskies’ No. 1 player

The Huskies previously took to the road to Edwardsville for a big tournament and got 3-0 in college style.

“It was great to get into a full day of tennis and to have the chance to go against Hersey in the final, where every game was close, and an absolute match,” said Fremd’s freshman coach Johnny Kent.


“Credited their one-dubs team to come back and come up with some great servings when it mattered most. As for Andrew (Spurck), I thought he played very well today and now is a player who takes care of business. With another added aspect to his game, we are excited to go even further this season. “

Spurck, in his rookie season of 2021, won 25-6 with three of those wins, where he and his teammates were 10-8 together.

“We lost our No. 1 (Casey Hishinuma) and our No. 1 doubles team, but I really believe we will be a very good team this year when we get more games under the belt,” said Spurck, who is rated to top. 3 in the latest USTA Midwest ranking.

“I feel like my online game has improved a lot compared to last year. I’m coming forward and putting points away faster and faster, so I know if I continue to work hard, the results at the state this year will be so much better. “

Glenbard West lost its second round match 6-1 to Hersey, then came back to defeat Edwardsville 4-3 to win third place.

Hilltoppers are led by senior Sullivan Monteith, who along with Andrew Immink finished in an overall fifth place in state-doubles last season.

“Andrew and I had a very good race in the state, but this year I will be our No. 1 in singles, where I look to have another good race in the state,” said Monteith, who will play next fall in Division II Belmont -Abbedi in Belmont, NC

“I played a lot of USTA tournaments during the high season and I feel like I’ve improved the mental part of my game, which is the most important part of having success at a higher level.”

Sammy Hong would lead Prospect to a fifth-place finish on Saturday after the Knights defeated York 5-2.

Hong, who along with Sebastian Schoyer lost their state qualifier last season to host Glenbrook South, were without Schoyer on Saturday due to illness. He played with two different partners.

“Sebastian and I played some of our best tennis of the season on sections, so we both feel that the experience of playing two years together and having great chemistry should give us a very good year this spring,” said Hong, a junior.

“We had a fantastic first week with tennis weather, then it really fell off, but along the way we have beaten both Carmel and Lake Zurich, and because of our depth and in true double formats, we should be very competitive this spring,” said Knights. coach Brad Rathe.


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