FRAZER - As Great Valley's John Haskill walked off the court after a satisfying win, he was greeted by his coach, Paul Waltz.
The news he was given topped the excitement from his comeback three-set victory over Unionville's Steve Berzon.
Haskill's win not only clinched the league dual meet, the Patriots winning, 5-2, it also sealed the Southern Chester County League championship, as well. What's more, Great Valley also ended Unionville's amazing run of 123 consecutive league wins.
"It's pretty exciting," Haskill said. "It's a huge deal. We thought we had them last year, but we came out and played well."
Great Valley (6-0 league, 8-2 overall) was eager to end the streak with what many considered its best contender in recent years. Senior leader Eric Cappelli started things off in overpowering fashion for the Patriots.
Against No. 2 singles Rocco Dambro of Unionville, Cappelli won in straight sets, losing just one game.
"This is the big match of the year," Cappelli said. "Rocco is a nice player, but I wanted to go out and take care of business quickly and let everyone know we were ready to take the title."
Cappelli's lead was followed just as planned. At No. 1 singles, freshman Mark Milbrandt of Great Valley faced off against Unionville senior Eric McQuillen in a rematch of Friday's SCCL singles tournament quarterfinals match.
After overtaking McQuillen in three sets on Friday, Milbrandt was dominant in two on Monday, winning 6-2, 6-2.
With Milbrandt and Cappelli playing strong tennis, the other two singles players came along just as Waltz had hoped.
"I always tell the kids, they'll (Milbrandt and Cappelli) win," he said. "You just gotta make it happen. Boy, did they make it happen."
Unionville (5-1, 5-2) got wins from its top two doubles tandems - No. 1 Connor Moore and Pat Hoopes and No. 2 Nick Erb and Zach Bennitt - but lost both three-set matches.
While the Indians joked after the game that their story of the streak would be found in the obituary section of the newspaper rather than sports, winning 123 straight league meets is an amazing feat.
"The kids are down and I can't blame them," Unionville coach John Coombes said. "They can't feel too bad, though. They tried as hard as they could, they just lost to a team that was better than them."
For Cappelli, the victory was sweet. Also a golfer, Cappelli had come in second to Unionville in golf and in tennis for all seven seasons until now.
"Unionville is always hard," Cappelli said. "It's finally nice to beat them. They've always had an aura about them, so it was good to show they are not invincible."
Great Valley's Sean Minan and Brian Carrigan won the final doubles match, 6-1, 7-5. The duo is now 10-0 on the sea-son, and has been coming up big for Waltz all season.
Five of the 10 Patriot starters are freshmen, so Great Valley will be tough to steal the title back from. With a solid team as it is, the Pats can expect some competitive squads for years to come.
But for now, they celebrate.
"It's great for the kids," Waltz said. "It's great for the fans and it's great for the school."