Colin Muriaka got what he came for. Well, sort of.
Let’s just say he achieved 1.5 of the goals he set for himself.
On Saturday afternoon at the 20th annual Lebanon County boys’ scholastic tennis tournament, Muriaka was just a tad disappointed that he and his Cedar Crest Falcons had to share the team title with Elco. But Muriaka did take home the big prize.
Muriaka earned the title of Lebanon County’s top singles’ player by defeating friend and rival Adam Bahney of Elco 6-4, 6-2 in the championship match of the event. Muriaka, who had bested Bahney for the same crown last season, employed some hard ground strokes from the baseline to limit Bahney’s ability to come to the net.
The key moment in the match came early, in the third game of the first set, when Muriaka broke Bahney’s serve. Muriaka rode that service break and the momentum it created to win 11 of the next 16 games.
Muriaka also upheld Cedar Crest’s tradition of excellence at number one singles at the county tournament. Muriaka’s championship represented the eighth year in-a-row that a Falcon captured that honor.