| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

The defending champions of the San Marco Tournament, Trinity, made its way back into the tournament’s final earlier this week by defeating Horace Greeley 4-2 on Greeley’s home courts.

The match was originally supposed to be played at Harrison High School, where the rest of the tournament had been played, but a problem with the Harrison courts forced the match to Greeley.

It was the singles play that led the way for Trinity in this matchup. In the top flight, Trinity’s Ananth Raghavan outlasted James Wei of Horace Greeley and Alex Chao defeated Spencer Lowitz 6-3, 6-1 to give Trinity the early lead.

After Peter Frelinghuysen knocked off Dylan Glickman 6-3, 6-2, Trinity needed just one win at doubles to clinch the victory.

At first doubles, Antony Jippov and Zach Targoff of Trinity outlasted Ben Fortier and Alex Kogan 6-2, 6-7, 12-10 to give Trinity its fourth victory of the afternoon.

Horace Greeley would get wins from Avatar Simpson and Erik Rauch and Gillon Gross and Kenta Togo in the final two doubles matches but it wasn’t enough as Trinity advanced to the finals with its four victories.

Both teams entered this match undefeated on the season, resulting in highly-competitive tennis between two of the top teams in New York.

“We knew it would be a very competitive match. I was pleased with the way our top guys stepped up and lead the way,” said Trinity head coach Damon Lopez-O’Dwyer. “Looking ahead to the finals, we’re excited to defend the title. We have a deep team, lots of senior leadership and some very talented underclassmen. I feel like we’ve been getting better and better as the season has progressed. We’ve gotten some important contributions from everyone, which has built terrific unity.

So with the Ivy League Championships coming up, the San Marco finals and ultimately the Mayor’s Cup I think we are well positioned to finish strong.”

Trinity will meet the winner of Half Hollow Hills West and Beacon in the finals.