PHOENIXVILLE - Harriton and Phoenixville traditionally meet in the District 1 Class AA boys tennis finals.
It happened again in 2004 Monday afternoon as the Rams and Phantoms faced off at the Leo J. Scoda Courts.
Both sides entered the day undefeated so something had to give. The Rams showed they still have the Phantoms' number - and that of all foes to date - with a 7-0 victory in the championship clash.
The Rams from the Del-Val League are now 18-0 and may be the best team in the state in Class AA or Class AAA. The Phantoms are 14-1 with their final Pioneer Athletic Conference meet today on the road against Pottsgrove.
Harriton is led by senior first singles player Mak Kendall, who is the returning state champion, current district champion and also the team captain. Kendall, who is headed to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., next year, defeated Alex Cascone 6-0, 6-2.
"We have a lot of depth on our team," Kendall said. "That is why we are so good. We have beaten some real good teams."
The Rams are especially strong in the first three singles slots with Mak Kendall, freshman brother Benji Kendall and Mark Lansmann. Benji Kendall downed Micah Cascone 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, and Lansmann earned the Rams their first team point of the day with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Anthony Gresko at third singles.
"It was a tough match," said Phantoms coach Leo Scoda. "We knew that coming in. We had some close sets, but we didn't have enough to put the sets away.
"When you are up 4-2, you have to win that set and we didn't do it. But we still had a good year. "
In the state tournament, a three singles and two doubles alignment is used so the Rams are well-suited to continue their playoff run.
"Their top three singles are very good," Scoda said. "They are in good shape for state competition. All three of them are very solid players."
The doubles matches turned out closer. At first doubles, the Phantoms' Tom Stoltz and Sean Curley fell to Penn Tong and Dan Wulc 6-3, 6-4.
At second doubles, Phoenixville's Austin Alfonsi and Greg Mayer fell to Greg Bernstein and Brian Govberg 6-3, 7-5 in the final varsity match of the day. The Phantoms did lead 4-2 in the second set before the Rams rallied.
At third doubles, Harriton's Harris Mailman and Josh Broderson recorded a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the Phantoms' Brian Chernuta and Sean Henzie.
In closing ceremonies, the Rams received the championship trophy and both teams received medals for their efforts.