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Tribe Tennis Features Familiar Faces
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2024-03-20

            The top of Upper Perkiomen's tennis lineup should feature some familiar faces. Henry Queeney and Stephen Schmittinger will retain their spots at No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively.

            However, the rest of the lineup for Tuesday's season-opening match against Boyertown looked different. Theo Deskevich made his debut at number three singles in

Henry Queeney, Upper Perkiomen's returning No. 1 sin-

gles player, returns a volley during practice. 

the match, a 6-1 loss in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

           Leo Cavallaro-Kraft and Gavin Kutt delivered the only victory for the Indians. The No. 3 doubles team defeated Robbie Ramsey and Jaxon Kline 7-5, 7-5.

            Head coach John Williamson is hoping that a strong core of seniors and sophomores will allow the Tribe to remain competitive in the conference. Williamson said he expects Queeney and Schmittinger to benefit from another year of experience.

            "Our goal is to be around .500 in the conference," the coach said. "It will be tough to compete against the bigger schools. But we want to get the best out of ourselves. Our experience should help."

            Brayden Burkhardt, Aidan Brunner and Cole Boughter won their singles matches in straight sets for the Bears. At No. 2 doubles, 10th graders Miles Long and Cody Groff put up the toughest fight for the Indians. They lost in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, to Dylan Bell and Aidan Scheck. Long and Groff have made significant strides after playing at No. 4 doubles last season.  "They have gotten a lot better," Williamson said.

            Queeney, who played No. 1 singles last year, went 1-1 at the PAC Singles Tournament 11 months ago. He defeated Pottsgrove's Kaiden Kelley, 10-2, before losing to Josiah Kotright-Lindsay, from Upper Merion.

            Queeney also competed in the conference's doubles tournament. He and Ben Buckwalter were defeated, 10-1, by Spring-Ford's Matt and Luke Rouyer.

            Schmittinger, at No. 2, suffered a first-round defeat. He lost, 10-1, to Dylan Wen, from Methacton.

            The coach said that Queeney and Schmittinger have a solid shot to qualify for the District One Class 2A Tournament since the Indians are only one of two conference teams competing in that designation.

            "Both of them have to play very well," said Williamson, whose team will host three consecutive matches over a five-day period between March 21 and March 25.

            At No. 3 singles, Deskevich outdueled Buckwalter, who filled the spot last year, and Alex Laubach. Deskevich played first doubles for most of last season.

            Senior Colton Moser teamed with junior Matthew Fisher at No. 2 doubles against Boyertown. They lost 6-1, 6-3 to Addison Moyer and Brady Spacek. Williamson described Moser as a big part of last year's team.

            Upper Perkiomen's roster includes three or four new 10th-graders, a couple of new juniors and seniors and one new ninth-grader. A couple of the new players are from the soccer team.

             The Tribe is slated to resume its PAC schedule Thursday against Upper Merion. The following day it will host Phoenixville. The team will take on Quakertown in a non-league match Monday.


 

 

 

 

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