All season long, Carlynton senior Luke Phillips had Sewickley Academy's Luke Ross on his radar.
As the top two players in Class 2A who train together and met early in the year in a Section 4 match, it's not much of a surprise.
Phillips, though, finally got to Ross when he handed the defending state champion a loss in the Section 4 singles championship match. But when the two met in a rematch of the 2016 WPIAL finals, it was the Sewickley Academy senior who got the upper hand.
After the two split the first two sets, Ross broke Phillips early and rolled to a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory for his third overall title and second in a row. Phillips won the 2015 crown when Ross took a year off to train in Florida.
Phillips appeared headed for a rematch with Ross in the state finals when he pushed his way into the PIAA Class 2A singles semifinals, but William Wanner of Lancaster Mennonite had other ideas as he overcame a first set loss to pull out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over the Cleveland State recruit to set up a date in the finals with Ross, who won his second straight state title.
Phillips finished in third place after a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 win over District 1 champion Adrian Roji of New Hope Solebury.