A talented Shady Side Academy team eliminated Cathedral Prep with a 3-2 victory over the Ramblers this afternoon in the PIAA Class AAA team boys tennis semifinals at Hershey Racquet Club.
Shady Side’s top two singles players won in straight sets as Vivek Nimgaonkar beat Prep’s Alex Brzozowski 6-2, 6-3, and Alok Nimgaonkar downed Nicholas Ward 6-2, 6-3. Shady Side also won the No. 1 doubles match in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Because of Shady Side’s 3-0 lead at that point, the final two matches were halted. Prep’s No. 3 singles player, Mario Nicolia, had won his first set 7-5 and lost the second 6-1. Prep’s No. 2 doubles team of Brandon Dall and Jonathan Prichard was leading 2-6, 6-2, 5-2 when that match ended.
Shady Side advances to face Conestoga in today’s 5:30 p.m. championship match.
Prep closes the team season with an 11-2 record after advancing as far as any tennis team in school history.
Ward, Brzozowski and Nicolia will return to action next week in the PIAA singles and doubles tournaments in Hershey. Ward will compete in singles, while Brzozowski and Nicolia will team up in doubles.