SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Wyoming Seminary’s Henry Cornell and Scranton Prep’s Will Cognetti were so evenly matched that 20-volley serves became the norm in Monday’s District 2 Class 2A Boys Tennis Singles Tournament at the Birchwood Tennis Club.
The only surprising part to anyone was that it did’t go three sets.
The second-seeded Cognetti won the district crown with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over No. 1 Cornell in an oftentimes grueling match.
“We’re definitely evenly matched,” Cognetti said. “If we played 100, we’d definitely each win 50.”
Top-seeded Jai Redknar, of Abington Heights, went out on top for the Class 3A title with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Delaware Valley’s Andrew Neidig.
Last week’s inclement weather postponed the semifinals and finals from Friday to Monday. On Monday morning, frigid temperatures and the chance of flurries moved the competition indoors from Kirby Park to Birchwood Tennis Club. Cornell defeated Cognetti last Tuesday in the Team championship.
“He is upset,” Wyoming Seminary coach Alison Joanlanne said. “(Henry) just beat him last week. And going from outdoor to indoors is a factor. It’s too bad.”
At the tail end of the deciding second set, both Cornell and Cognetti were suffering from fatigue. Cornell escaped a lengthy semifinal matchup against the No. 4 seed Keller McGurrin, of Scranton Prep. In the second semi set, Cornell battled from a 5-2 deficit to take a 6-5 lead. McGurrin forced an overtime, a win of four; however, Cornell managed a 6-3 to advance.
“They both were exhausted from their previous matches so it made a difference in both their play,” Joanlanne said. “Nonetheless, I thought they both played well.”
Cognetti began cramping late in the final set. With a 40-15 match point on the line, he and Cornell dueled to a 40-volley point, won by a misdirection by Cornell. Cognetti notched the championship on the next point, in what he said was his last opportunity to withstand the pain.
“If he won that game, he probably would have won (the match),” Cognetti said. “I was cramping up pretty badly at the end. I could barely hold the racket.”
The players went back and forth in a first set that was won by Cognetti (3) in overtime.
“Henry wasn’t as consistent as he usually is (in the playoff),” Joanlanne said. “He made a lot of nice volleys, some good overheads. He played well.”
Both players adjusted their strategy from last week’s No. 1 singles Team finals matchup. Cognetti said he took a more patient approach, while Joanlanne said Cornell was “trying to be more aggressive than usual by attacking the net.”
District 2 Class 3A Boys Tennis Singles Tournament
Carl Pallini (DV) d. Justin Smith (Will) 6-1, 6-0; Alex Machalick (Cre) d. Donald Tedesco (Haz) 6-2, 6-1; Stephen Sposito (NP) d. Ben Manarski (Cou) 6-2, 6-0; Joe Godino (WS) d. Patrick Antall (WVW) 1-6, 6-1, 6-0; Dhruv Patel (Scr) d. Jeff Alderfer (Wall) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Thomas Meehan (NP) d. Pierre DeWael (WVW) 6-2, 6-0; Tyler Woodruff (PA) d. Josh Hughes (WS) 6-1, 6-1; Wuster Yuhas (Haz) d. John Jones (Cou) 6-2, 6-0.
No. 1 Jai Redkar (AH) d. Pallini 6-1, 6-0; Machalick d. No. 8 Reed Evans (Wall) 7-5, 7-5; No. 5 Dipam Shah (Scr) d. Sposito 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 Trent Woodruff (PA) d. Godino 6-2, 6-3; No. 3 Ross Gladey (Cre) d. Dhrvu Patel 6-1, 6-1; No. 6. Rishi Mulloth (AH) d. Meehan 6-1, 6-1; No. 7 Nick Meale (Will) d. Tyler Woodruff 7-5, 6-1; No. 2 Andrew Neidig (DV) d. Yuhas 6-1, 6-0.
Redkar d. Machalick 6-1, 6-2; Dipam Shah d. Trent Woodruff 6-2, 7-6 (5); Mulloth d. Gladey 6-4, 6-3; Neidig d. Meale 6-2, 6-0.
Redkar d. Shah 6-0, 6-1; Neidig d. Mulloth 6-0, 7-5.
No. 1 Jai Redkar (AH) d. No. 2 Andrew Neidig (DV) 6-3, 6-2.
Team key: Abington Heights (AH); Coughlin (Cou); Crestwood (Cre); Delaware Valley (DV); Hazleton Area (Haz); North Pocono (NP); Pittston Area (PA); Scranton (Scr); Wallenpaupack (Wall); West Scranton (WS); Williamsport (Will); Wyoming Valley West (WVW).
District 2 Class 2A Boys Tennis Singles Tournament
Zach Hall (WW) d. Owen Walsh (Hon) 6-4, 6-3; Cory Dulsky (Tunk) d. Nick Leon (WA) 6-0, 6-1; No. 8 Pat Loftus (HR) d. Mat Lucas (Riv) 6-0, 6-2; No. 5 Joey Ferretti (VV) d. Luke Whitenight (Ber) 6-2, 7-5; Dennis Mundt (Dun) d. Justin Parrish (Mon) 6-1, 6-0; Nick Michini (MV) d. Jonathan Kelley (HC) 7-5 6-1; No. 4 Keller McGurrin (SP) d. Tyler Tuck (Dal) 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Rob Azzarelli (HC) d. Dominic Scicchitano (Ber) 6-0, 7-5; Travis Troiani (VV) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Tom Occhipinti (Dun) d. Bryan Shultz (Mon) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; No. 6 Chris Kim (Sem) d. Cameron Pinto (HR) 6-0, 6-0; No. 7 Francois Ross (Dal) d. Mike Webin (WA) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4; Andrew Sheridan (Riv) d. Jake Covey (WW) 7-5, 6-2; Max Kowalczyk (Hon) d. Zach Zagursky (MV) 6-3, 6-2.
No. 1 Henry Cornell (Sem) d. Hall 6-0, 6-0; Dulsky d. Loftus 6-0, 6-1; Ferretti d. Mundt 6-2, 6-2; McGurrin d. Michini 6-0, 6-0; Azzarelli d. Troiani 6-0, 7-5; Kim d. Occhipinti 6-0, 6-0; Ross d. Sheridan 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 Will Cognetti (SP) d. Kowalczyk 6-0, 6-0.
Cornell d. Dulsky 6-4, 6-1; McGuirren d. Ferretti 6-1, 6-2; Azzarelli d. Kim 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2; Cognetti d. Ross 6-2, 6-1.
Cornell d. McGuirren 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3; Cognetti d. Azzarelli 6-2, 7-6 (5).
No. 2 Will Cognetti (SP) d. No. 1 Henry Cornell (Sem) 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Team key: Berwick (Ber); Dallas (Dal); Dunmore (Dun); Holy Cross (HC); Holy Redeemer (HR); Honesdale (Hon); Mid Valley (MV); Montrose (Mon); Riverside (Riv); Scranton Prep (SP); Tunkhannock (Tunk); Valley View (VV); Western Wayne (WW); Wyoming Area (WA); Wyoming Seminary (Sem)