SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — For a short time in the first set, Jai Redkar forgot about the moment.
The Abington Heights High School junior coasted through the District 2 Class 3A championship like he had all season when he put his game on cruise control, allowing Delaware Valley’s Andrew Neidig a brief window of opportunity.
Redkar composed himself and posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Neidig for his first district crown May 13 at the Birchwood Tennis & Fitness Club.
“I think I just lost focus for a few minutes,” Redkar said. “Up 4-1, in the district final, it’s normal to be like that. I focused, and it worked out.”
Redkar remained collected throughout the semifinal and final rounds, rarely losing his composure. He takes his undefeated record to PIAAs on May 24-25 in Hershey.
“To be in this position, you have to be playing some great tennis,” he said. “But I was pretty critical of myself out there. There’s always room for improvement.”
Scranton Prep’s Will Cognetti outlasted an evenly matched Henry Cornell, of Wyoming Seminary, in a match where 20-volley serves became the norm to win the Class 2A Boys Tennis Singles championship by a 7-6 (3), 6-3 score.
Cognetti overcame cramping late in the second set. With a 40-15 match point on the line, he and the top-seeded 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),” said Cognetti, who won his first district title. “I was cramping up pretty badly at the end. I could barely hold the racket.”
Cornell defeated Cognetti a week earlier in the district team final.