Young Montour boys tennis team staying competitive

Written by Chris Adamski on .

After having a bunch of seniors graduate after last season and having five first-year players in the lineup this season, the Montour boys tennis team is finding ways to remain competitive.   

Juniors Josh Gray (first singles) and Zach Andoga (second doubles) were the only true returnees for the Spartans heading into the season. Playing in the competitive Section 4-AAA, that could have spelled trouble. But Montour was hovering near the .500 mark while competing against powerful teams such as Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair regularly.   

"We had a senior-heavy lineup last year and a lot of fill-ins this year," coach Tom Davis said. "We're doing pretty well. We've been competitive. They go out every time with the idea that they're going to play their best. They have the right mentality for our section."   

Gray was a section singles tournament quarterfinalist last week. Sophomore Jerome Givi is evolving well into his role as a second singles player. Senior Colin Crist has been one of Montour's top golfers to playing tennis for the first time this season, at third singles.  

First-year seniors Travis Clark and Joey Victorelli -- the latter a lineman on Montour's WPIAL-champion football team -- have formed the first doubles team with Andoga and junior Brian Gerstel at second doubles.