Last season, Vincentian had the WPIAL Class AA singles champion atop its lineup in sophomore Derek Chen.
Chen transferred to Shady Side Academy this offseason, and Brad Martin has taken over the Royals No. 1 singles spot and played well.
Martin qualified for last week’s WPIAL Class AA tournament by finishing third in the Section 3 singles tournament. He lost to Josh Raymundo of Mars in the semifinals, but beat Mars’ Aaron Gruber, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the consolation final.
At WPIALs, Martin defeated Indiana’s John Appolonia, 10-2, in the first round before losing to eventual champion Luke Ross of Sewickley Academy, 10-4, in the quarterfinals.
Last season, Martin also played in the section tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to Raymundo.