FLUSHING – Webster Schroeder junior Matt Gamble won the New York State Public High School Athletic Association singles tennis tournament Saturday morning for the second consecutive year.
Gamble this time defeated Plainview-Old Bethpage-John F. Kennedy’s Yuval Solomon 6-3, 6-1 in the final at the U.S. Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open.
“It feels great, that was my goal at the beginning of the season,” Gamble said. “It’s the ultimate accomplishment for high school tennis.”
Last year’s championship match opponent for Gamble in Flushing retired because of leg cramps, which made Gamble the first singles state champion from Section V since 1993.
“My family who lives in New York (City) were able to see me win, which was kind of cool,” Gamble said. “I think I played my best match (in the final). I was really solid and focused.”
Gamble, the No. 1 seed and a three-time Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year, is the first player to win back-to-back title repeat in three years, according to the NYSPHSAA.
Jordan Benjamin, a senior at The Harley School who has committed to play at the University of Dayton, placed third. Benjamin bounced back from a loss in the quarterfinals to defeat Shoreham Wading River’s Chris Kuhnle, 6-2, 6-2.
“It was very warm but a great atmosphere knowing that you are playing on the same court professionals play on,” Benjamin said. “I usually beat the kid I lost to, but he played a phenomenal match after the first set.
“He played up. You have to give it to him.”
This was Benjamin’s first time playing singles at the state tournament. He won the doubles state title last year with Harley-Allendale Columbia teammate Aaron Mevorach.
The Brighton doubles team of Joshua Marvald and Ryan Gao lost in the first round of the doubles tournament, but won four consecutive matches to win the 16-team consolation bracket. Gao and Marvald defeated East Syracuse-Minoa’s Brandon Stone and Tyler Underwood, 6-2, 6-4 in their final match.