Quaker Valley boys’ tennis aims to defend the WPIAL Class 2A title

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Sunday, April 10, 2022 | 8:01


Quaker Valley’s boys’ tennis team is the defending WPIAL Class 2A champion.

And with a senior list this spring – including the top three players from last year, Mike Sirianni, Will Sirianni and Henry Veeck – Quakers crave their chances to repeat.

The QV nets are coached by Christi Hays, who began his fifth season with a career record of 38-7.

“In 2019, we were WPIAL finalists and housed in states,” Hays said. “2020 was the covid year, and by 2021 we were WPIAL champions and advanced to quarters in states. Although both of those seasons were somehow very successful, the boys and I just could not help but feel that we had left behind.” 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 the squad to do it. It is almost a ‘wealth embarrassment’ with so many returning players.We have a great talent and great depth, which is important with the high school format with three singles and two doubles that make up a match.

“But it’s so very important not to get ‘too far over our skis’, which means we have to take every step as it comes and take ourselves out of business one match at a time. Expectations are a slippery slope. You still have to stay the course and stay upright. That is our goal. “

Last year, after earning the No. 1 seed, Quaker Valley captured its first WPIAL title since 2003 with a 3-2 victory over South Park.

Also last year, Quakers were section champions, advancing to the PIAA quarterfinals and finishing 13-1 overall.

Mike Sirianni, who competed on No. 1 singles, was 10-3, won the section title and finished as WPIAL silver winner.

Will Sirianni, No. 2 singles, finished fourth in the WPIAL after taking second place in the section. He was also a WPIAL second place in doubles and got a record of 11-1.

The Sirianni twins are joined by Veeck, No. 3 singles. that was 10-2 a year ago.

“We really do not want to get ahead of ourselves,” Veeck said. “We want to stay humble and just win one match at a time. That said, we won the WPIALs last year and I think the team this year is better. We lost two key players from last year, but every single starter this year has really improved markedly.

“I came in this year looking to hold on to my third singles place and it looks like it’s going to succeed. It was tough because everyone improved a lot. But beyond that I want to be the leader of the team. It is a little hard because all seven starters are seniors, so it’s not like I’m age anyone. But I try to lead where I can and be a vocalist. “

In doubles, seniors Michael Lipton, Justin Hajdukiewicz and Devin Carter and sophomore Chase Merkel are back. Lipton (11-1) and Hajdukiewicz (9-1) came together to make it 20-2 last season.

Lipton and Veeck finished fourth at last year’s WPIAL doubles tournament. Hajdukiewicz was also a leading doubles player last spring, winning the decisive match against South Park at the WPIAL team finals.

“But they will all get chances in singles,” Hays said.

Completing this year’s varsity list are senior Ryan Edwards, junior Michel Snyder, sophomores Joseph Veeck, Grant Webb and Brahm Gianiodis, and Grayson Beatty, a freshman.

“Ryan Edwards is back after taking two years off to concentrate on football,” Hays said. “He adds great depth, leadership and versatility, and that the state’s championship mentality has been a prominent one on the QV state championship team in football.

“Our strength is definitely our experience and team depth. And we’ve also got a lot of inspiration from all the success with our QV autumn and winter sports teams.”

The Quakers have played the role of powerhouse in the first half of the season, where they have achieved 6-0 sections and 8-0 overall records.

“I think our team’s greatest strength is culture,” Henry Veeck said. “Our coach says we’re very silly and she’s right, but in a good way. Since all beginners are seniors, we’ve gone to school together since primary school and played on the team together since our first year.

“We are very close and know each other really well. We are good at picking up and having fun. That is definitely one of the reasons we are so good; we just have fun. We all want to be here “We have been looking forward to this season all year.”

Along with the post-season.

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