Coming into this season, neither Central Catholic nor Vincentian Academy ever had a WPIAL boys tennis singles champion.
Adam Blasinsky and Derek Chen changed that Tuesday at Lakevue Athletic Club.
Blasinsky, a junior, became the first Viking to win the WPIAL singles championship with a 6-2, 6-1, win against Peter Hazlett of Mt. Lebanon in the Class AAA final.
Chen, a sophomore for the Royals, defeated Thomas Jefferson senior Jake Mascaro, 6-1, 6-0, to win the Class AA crown.
"It means a lot for me and the school," Blasinsky said.
Blasinsky, who lives in Gibsonia, entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the second season in a row. Last year, he lost in three sets to Butler's Will Nesbitt in the semifinals.
That experience helped him this season.
"I thought it was big last year to go through that experience as a sophomore," said Central Catholic coach Rick Capretta. "I really think he played with so much more composure this year than last."
Blasinsky didn't have much trouble getting through the WPIAL field, losing just eight games in three matches.
Two of those came in the first three games of Tuesday's match against Hazlett, the No. 2 seed. The Blue Devils junior was aggressive in approaching the net and was able to hold serve the first two times.
"I like to serve and volley and it was working a lot [on Monday]," Hazlett said. "It worked early, but I think I used it a little too much and wore it out. He knew what I was doing the whole time."
Blasinsky started placing his passing shots beautifully and won the final five games to take the first set.
He then cruised in the second set to take the title.
"He played as well as he could play," Capretta said of Blasinsky. "He had very few errors. He was flawless."
Chen, who entered the Class AA tournament as the No. 4 seed after placing second in his section, was nearly flawless, too. He jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set before losing his only game of the match to the No. 7 seed, Mascaro.
It went by much faster than Chen's semifinal match Monday, when it took him three and a half hours and three sets to beat top-seeded Matt Lynch of Bentworth.
That match left Chen, a Cranberry resident, a little sore Tuesday but didn't affect him on the court.
"I went home, drank a lot of water, ate a lot of saltine crackers and bananas and just tried to rest up," Chen said.
Lynch, a junior, will join Chen and Mascaro at the PIAA Class AA singles tournament May 24-25 in Hershey after beating Greensburg Central Catholic senior Bargo Patel, 6-1, 6-4, in the consolation match.
Pine-Richland junior Caleb Kramer defeated Upper St. Clair sophomore Fernando Escribens, 6-4, 6-4, in the Class AAA consolation final, but only the top two from Class AAA in the WPIAL advance to the PIAA tournament.