An argument can be made that Saint Stephen’s boys tennis is currently in the midst of the most successful run in the program’s storied history – but so far, without the ultimate payoff. Since the 2019 season, the Falcons are 46-4-1, with their only regular-season loss being a 4-3 defeat at Sarasota Riverview on April 2, 2019. Their other three setbacks have all been in the state championship match to the same foe – Boca Raton St. Andrews. The latest came on April 26, denying the Falcons the title trophy for the third consecutive season (the 2020 campaign was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic).
While the top prize remained elusive, it took none of the luster off another dominating season for Saint Stephen’s. The Falcons swept eight of their 10 regular-season opponents without losing a set and cruised through six playoff matches in district, regional, and state tournament play before squaring off with St. Andrews again.
The SSES girls also won a district title – their fourth in five years – and reached the regional final before falling to Community School of Naples. Both teams remain positioned for continued success with the bulk of their top players returning for the 2023 season.