After advancing to the first-round of states last season, and returning many of its starters, the Abington Heights boys tennis team hopes to build off that success.
The Comets return seniors Jai Redkar, at No. 1 singles, and Eric Onofrey, as well as sophomores Rishi Mulloth, Brandon Ostrowski, Riley Barrett, and Sahas Chandragiri.
They must replace Steven Shields, who played No. 1 doubles, and A.J. Fiegleman who started at No. 3 singles for the first part of last season.
According to Lavelle, senior Sam Vale and junior Richie Albright are also in the mix for playing time.
The Comets finished last season 15-0 in Lackawanna League play and won the District 2 Class AAA team title. Redkar also won the district title at No. 1 singles.
“We’re going to rely on our senior leadership,” Abington Heights head coach Tom Lavelle said. “We’re definitely more mature as a team this season. We hope to use that experience to our advantage throughout our league season and, if we’re fortunate enough to qualify, in the postseason.
“We’re working hard to continue that success and we hope to surpass it this season,” he said.
Lavelle expects Delaware Valley, Scranton, Scranton Prep, and Valley View to be among the top challengers for the league title, but expects a tough match from each opponent.
“There are a lot of good, well-coached teams,” he said. “We’re not underestimating any opponent at all.”
Abington Heights defeated North Pocono, 5-0, in their first match of the season March 27. Redkar, Mulloth, and Bailey Harris won their singles matches in straight sets. The doubles teams of Onofrey-Ostrowski and Barrett-Chandragiri also picked up wins, without dropping a set.