Keith Barnes profiles Latrobe tennis player Chad Kissell.
"Chad Kissell has spent the entire high school tennis season playing the role of prohibitive favorite.
Not only is this Valparaiso University recruit the 63rd ranked high school senior in the country, he is No. 15 in the Middle States Region and No. 4 in the state. So far, Greater Latrobe's top singles player has lived up to his lofty rankings as he is the reigning WPIAL Class AAA singles champion and will head into the two-day PIAA Class AAA tournament today at Hershey Racquet Club as the person to beat.
"I'm going in likely as the favorite, but I can't think that way," Kissell said. "I'm going to have to play every point and not take anybody lightly. I'm going to go in there and try my hardest and hopefully the outcome is what I hope it will be."
What Kissell is hoping for is to wrap up his high school career the same way as his older sister, Joelle, did. In her final match, she knocked off defending state champion Tessa Lyons of Strath Haven in 2009 and walked off the court with a victory in her final match."