| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Brian Coleman

The Trinity School won its second straight San Marco Invitational title, downing Beacon 4-2 on Monday afternoon at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning.

Trinity overcame the tricky windy conditions to take four of the six matches that finished up. It was led by its doubles play, getting wins from its first and third singles players.

"Gusty winds made it a challenging match for both teams, but we have a talented team with a lot of depth, which I think was the key to our succcess," said Trinity head coach Damon Lopez-O'Dwyer. "The quality of play was a little erratic across all the courts at the outset, but as guys began to figure out the conditions, the level and intensity went way up. It was an an exciting finish that came down to the last match of the day."

Ananth Raghavan defeated Ameer Hosain 6-2, 6-1 in the top singles spot while Peter Frelinghuysen defeated Felix Levine 6-0, 6-4 in the third singles spot.

Andre Fernandez and Davoud Elghanayan beat Liam and Connor Dunne of Beacon 6-1, 6-0 at third doubles, and the clinching match came at second doubles, as Jack Wasserstein and Milan Jain clinched the match by winning a third-set super breaker for the 6-7, 7-5, 10-8 victory. 

After the victory, Trinity is celebrating its second straight San Marco title, but also turning its attention to the upcoming Mayor's Cup. 

"Winning the San Marco in back-to-back years is a great accomplishment. The tournament started with the 16 best teams in the region and we're proud to come out on top," added Lopez-O'Dwyer. "We have a lot of respect for Beacon. We've had some terrific battles with them in the Mayor's Cup finals for the past several years, but they've bested us. To win the San Marco against them this year gives us a nice boost headed into the Mayor's Cup, which will be an exciting tournament this year. 

We expect to see Beacon again, as well as our league rival, Collegiate. Like us, Collegiate has some key seniors who will be playing for the last time. Our matches with them over the past few years have been, I think, the defining ones for both groups. We're looking forward to the opportunity to go at it one last time and culminate the end of a terrific era."

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