Keith Barnes profiles the Mount Pleasant boys tennis team.
"It hasn't been an easy month for Mount Pleasant junior Noah Cenkner.
After losing to top-seeded and eventual champion Luke Phillips in the WPIAL Class AA tennis singles semifinals, the 29th-ranked junior in the state looked forward to playing California's John Monroe in the third-place consolation match. Not only would a win have meant a trip to the PIAA Class AA singles finals at Hershey Racquet Club on May 22-23, it would have been a better finish than what happened when the two squared off in the Section 1 final when Cenkner had to concede the match because of injury leading, 6-2, 2-5.
In an ironic twist, history repeated itself and the Vikings No. 1 player had to beg off the WPIAL consolation match on the morning of the event because of illness. Walking away meant that Monroe earned the WPIAL's final spot for the state tournament and would play the District 6 champion in the opening round.
"I woke up that morning with a fever and I couldn't even get out of bed that day," Cenkner said. "That was really disappointing for me.""