Warwick senior tennis captain Pearse Algiere and junior Dean Redmond won the 2017 Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association Doubles Championship on Fri., May 19. Their journey began last year when the two first teamed up to enter postseason play as Warwick’s wild card, finishing third in the County Tournament and fourth in the Section 9 tournament.
Algiere and Redmond entered this year’s County Tournament as the second seed. They faced Kingston’s wild card team in their first match, defeating them (6-3), (7-5) in the round of 16.
Warwick’s wild card team then moved on to face Warwick’s first doubles team, a team they knew very well. Warwick’s first doubles team comprised of senior Marc Romero and junior Nick Villegas had a tremendous spring tennis season with a an overall record of (11-2). Unfortunately, only one Warwick Team would be able to advance to the semifinals, where Algiere and Redmond defeated their teammates (6-1) (6-2).
Entering the semifinals, Warwick’s wild card would face the team that knocked them out of the counties last year, Monroe-Woodbury’s wild card team of Zach Price and Collin Gordon. Algiere and Redmond played a near flawless match, avenging last year’s loss and defeating their opponents (6-3),(6-1).
Algiere and Redmond found themselves in the finals of the doubles championship facing first overall seed, Newburgh’s wild card team. Warwick’s duo prepared for the tough match ahead by participating in extra workouts together over the last several weeks. The first set seemed to favor the Wildcat’s style of play, resulting in a set score of 6-1. Algiere and Redmond refused to let down their intensity as they battled back and forth in the second set. The final point of the match was a clear representation of the two teams’ fight as the competitors exchanged 15 combined hits.
The point concluded when Algiere returned an exchange with a fierce overhead out of the reach of Newburgh. The match was completed favoring Warwick (6-1), (7-5).
“After winning, I can’t even describe how excited I am. I feel like I could run a marathon,” said Algiere.
Redmond added, “It felt amazing to win the championship. Ever since I joined the high school team in seventh grade, I’ve wanted to win.”
“I’m thrilled for Pearse and Dean,” Coach Gwen Garcia said after the match. “They worked extremely hard for this moment and I’m so proud of them as players and young men representing their school the Wildcat Way. We have very supportive parents and tennis coaches in Kevin Mcgovern and girls coach Susan Filingeri, who work tirelessly to help our athletes be their best.”
It’s been 27 years since Warwick boys’ tennis had a doubles champion. In 1990, Justin Lorgan and Chris Zimmerli won the OCL Doubles’ Championship with their coach, John Garcia.