The Moravian Academy boys tennis team has an unrivaled tradition in the Lehigh Valley.
Playing at the top of the lineup on such a historical team is undoubtedly an honor. But along with the stature comes the high expectations and perhaps some added pressure.
Abbhi Sekar and Oliver Scott embraced every moment of their senior season, and did so with the utmost humility.
The Lions’ top two players helped guide the team to an astounding ninth-straight District 11 Class 2A title. The pair then capped off a great season by teaming up for a silver medal finish in the PIAA doubles tournament.
For their accomplishments, Sekar and Scott are The Morning Call boys tennis doubles players of the year.
“Abbhi and Oliver had played doubles as freshmen and were undefeated back then. Last year they lost to the eventual state champions in a very close match, so I knew that they had potential,” Moravian Academy Tom Schoeninger said. “They have started on the tennis team as freshmen. They are both hard-working sportsmen and gentlemen on and off the court. Their success parallels the success of the tennis team these past four years.”
Sekar-Scott steamrolled through the first four rounds of the district doubles tournament before knocking off Salisbury’s Mason Groff and Ethan Heydt in the finals. Groff teamed with cousin John Yurconic last season to win the PIAA doubles title.
“Mason and Ethan were not a typical doubles team but Oliver and Abbhi adjusted to the different style of play. They controlled the net and served well,” Schoeninger said. “I knew if they continued to serve well and get the ball in play, they could do well at the state level.”
The Lion duo did in fact play at a high level at the state tournament, winning tight matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Sekar-Scott fought off match point in the semifinals before advancing to the finals. The pair went on to finish runner-up.