Sophomore Krishna Patel came through with a three-set victory at first singles to lift the Gill St. Bernard’s girls tennis team to a 3-2 triumph over Moorestown Friends in the NJSIAA Non-Public B South final Monday.
“Krishna played awesome,” Gill coach Sean Welcome said. “That was a big turning point in the match.”
Patel rallied to upend Moorestown-Friends star Grace Kim 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 as the second-seeded Knights swept the points in singles. Sharon Jin prevailed at second singles with a 6-2, 6-4 verdict over Jessica Ferber and Stephanie Fuentes posted a 7-5, 6-3 win at third singles against Katie Teitelbaum.
Top-seeded Moorestown Friends won both doubles matches, including a three-setter at second doubles. Gill St. Bernard’s won the section last year, but this was a higher hurdle because of the quality of Moorestown Friends’ lineup.
The Knights advance to Thursday’s Non-Public B championship match at Mercer County Park against either Newark Academy or Oak Knoll.
“This is pretty big for us,” Welcome said. “Our team is very young. It’s huge for us to be able to beat a team like that.”
Pingry also advanced after winning Non-Public A South for the third straight year. The Big Blue swept Bishop Eustace 5-0 to earn a date with Holy Angels in the Non-Public A final Thursday at Mercer County Park.
It was straight sets all the way for Pingry, with Madison Stevens, Christina Zajkowski and Natalie Yanosov sweeping at first, second and third singles, respectively. In doubles action, Jennifer Guo and Avery Hatfield took care of business at first and Wesley Streicher and Tiffany Yu did the same at second.
In the Central Group IV final, Montgomery’s run came to a halt with a 4-1 loss to state power West Windsor-Plainsboro South. The Cougars got a point at first doubles as Stephanie Allen and Emily Roeper edged Angela Li and Sanjana Ravi 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
In the North 2 Group IV final, Bridgewater-Raritan also ran into a powerhouse in Millburn and fell 4-1. The Panthers got their point at third singles, where Divya Yeleswarapu topped Samantha Siegel 6-4, 6-2.
In the North 2 Group I final, second-seeded New Providence lost to top-seeded Glen Ridge 5-0.