St. Augustine freshman Shane Monroe swept the first set of his NJSIAA state singles semifinal match and was up a break at 2-1 in the second set before defending champ Michael Lippens of Shore Regional stormed back for a three-set win on Wednesday at Mercer County Park.
Lippens, a senior who will attend Louisville in the fall, won his 100th career match, 0-6, 6-2, 6-1, and advanced to Thursday's title match against Ramapo's Jonathan Carcione.
Lippens (28-0), unbeaten the last two seasons, was stronger in the heat late in the match than Monroe, who suffered his first loss in 40 matches this spring.
NJSIAA STATE SINGLES TOURNAMENT
At Mercer County Park.