Quaker Valley knows all too well the perils of finishing third in the WPIAL Class 2A boys team tennis tournament.
On the surface it means a matchup against a district champion which has a pretty solid program and aspirations of winning a state title. The Quakers went through that route last year and they road to the PIAA Class 2A title match ended abruptly on the first speed bump, a 5-0 loss to Fairview.
This year, Quaker Valley was stuck on the same path. The Quakers lost to second place Indians, 3-2, in the semifinals, then blasted South Park, 5-0, in the consolation match to earn a spot in the state tournament.
This time around, however, Quaker Valley was nonplussed against its PIAA opening-round opponent and turned the tables on Fairview. Instead of a 5-0 loss, the Quakers pulled out a 3-2 upset victory and will make the trip east for the quarterfinals.
Quaker Valley will take the court at Hershey Racquet Club against District 2 champion Wyoming Seminary, which last played in the state championship match in 2012 when it dropped a 4-1 decision to Wyomissing.
Quaker Valley only made it to the championship once and that was in 2003 when the Quakers defeated Danville, 4-1, to become the first WPIAL team ever to win the Class 2A state title.