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2002 State Championship Boys’ Tennis Team

In the 2002 PIAA Class 2A state tennis playoffs, the Wyoming Seminary boys' tennis team lost 3-1 to Moravian Academy. Moravian swept all three singles matches to secure the semifinals win. Wyoming won one of the doubles matches, and the second doubles match was halted with the outcome of the overall match already decided. The competition had to be moved to Penn State's indoor facility because of the rain.

Moravian Academy advanced to the finals with basically the same team that had lost to Wyoming 3-2 in the previous year's state tournament. Samir Ghia, Chris Balshi, and Drew Balshi won in singles for Moravian.

Moravian took the 2A title in dramatic fashion, 3-2, over ELCO. Playing in cold and blustery conditions, ELCO and Moravian each took two points, setting up a decisive singles showdown between ELCO's Andy Vo and Moravian's Drew Balshi. After the players split the first two sets, Balshi, a freshman, took control in the third set and won 6-3 to give Moravian its first-ever PIAA team tennis championship.

Of the win, Drew Balshi said, “Honestly, I didn't want the team score to come down to my match, but it did and everything turned out all right.”

The team, coached by Tom Schoeninger, included:
Rakesh Amin ’04
Andrew Balshi ’05
Chris Balshi ’02
Steve Bloom ’02
Eric Bourassa ’05
Geoff Finger ’02
Samir Ghia ’02
Greg Stepniak ’05
Jared Surnamer ’05
Sanjeev Thakrar ’05
Nick Yukich ’03
Rahul Yukich ’05
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