Derek Chen won a WPIAL Class AA championship at Vincentian last season.
But for his junior season, Chen transferred to Shady Side Academy and is now playing No. 2 singles for the two-time defending WPIAL Class AAA team champions.
“His addition has helped; he’s definitely added to the team,” Shady Side Academy coach Tom Mercer said of Chen. “But it made my job a little more difficult since I have eight players capable of starting for this team now.”
The Indians returned seven of their top eight players from last season, losing only No. 1 singles player Alok Nimgaonkar.