Mt. Lebanon's Hazlett qualifies for states in boys' tennis

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

After winning the Class AAA Section 4 tournament last season, Mt. Lebanon's Peter Hazlett faced a tough draw at the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament.

Hazlett had to face No. 2 seed, Vivek Nimgaonkar of Shady Side in the second round. Hazlett battled, but fell, 10-6, eliminating his chances of reaching states.

This season, Hazlett was in Nimgaonkar’s shoes. After winning another section title, Hazlett was the No. 2 seed that had a tough quarterfinal match against a young upstart, Fox Chapel’s Sid Rajupet. He slipped by the Foxes’ freshman, 10-8.

“Last season, I had a tough draw to play Vivek second round and I put up a good fight,” Hazlett said. “But this year, I had to play Sid Rajupet. He’s a freshman, but I think he’s top four best in the WPIAL. He’s a great player and I really think he was underrated. I was thinking he would be third or fourth seed and when I saw I’m going to face him in the quarters, I was like, ‘Oh wow.’”

Hazlett then took down Upper St. Clair’s Fernando Escribens in straight sets before falling to top-seeded Adam Blasinsky of Central Catholic, 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

The second-place finish means Hazlett will play in the PIAA Class AAA singles tournament in Hershey May 24-25.