He was a worthy heir to the Spring-Ford tennis race of excellence, established over ten years ago.
Cameron Moore became the last multi-year champion in the men’s program this spring, repeating as the Pioneer Athletic Conference singles and doubles champion. Those title finishes were a big part of Moore being named the 2022 Mercury All-Area Male Tennis Player of the Year.
Moore’s two singles titles give the Spring-Ford program nine champions since the 2011 season. It started with a pair from Tyler Triolo, was followed by three from Patrick Pascual through 2016 and two more from Patrick’s brother , Malchu Pascual, before the 2020 season interrupted by COVID.
“He was propelled to the post. But the kid is a player,” Spring-Ford coach John Brennan said. “He worked a lot during the offseason.
Moore earned the distinction of spending his entire PAC career undefeated: 11-0 as a rookie in third doubles and 11-0 as a junior in first singles. His senior season was a callback performance as the PAC singles and doubles champion.
“Even when he was a freshman, he was smart,” Brennan said. “He knew what shots to hit. He knew everything from the start.
“He was studying his games, talking about what to focus on. He has outmaneuvered his opponents along the way.
Playing since fourth year at Frog Hollow Tennis Club, Moore enjoyed two years as Malchu’s teammate and blossomed as the Rams and PAC’s last multi-year titleholder.
“He believed in me,” Moore said of young Pascual, “and taught me when we were training.”
Through the influence of his father, clinics and lessons taken at Frog Hollow and a number of USTA tournaments, Cameron established himself entering high school tennis. He attributed his development to Jared Morgan, his trainer at Frog Hollow.
“He coached me all the years I played tennis,” Moore said. He shaped me.
But the lost, pandemic-hit 2020 season put the onus for further development on his shoulders.
“I couldn’t play at the club (Frog Hollow) during the pandemic,” he recalled. “I practiced on the Spring-Ford and Perkiomen Valley tennis courts with my family and the kids on the team.”
Heading into the 2022 season, Moore had several areas of interest in his game.
“My serve, and certainly the approach shots,” he said. “To get more power and depth on my groundstrokes.”
His leadership role also evolved along the way.
Moore had a relative breeze through the PAC singles tournament, losing no more than five matches in any match. After a first-round bye, he handled Evan Bolton of Perkiomen Valley 6-1, 6-3, Wyatt Lear of Pottsgrove 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and Talan Nguyen of Owen J. Roberts 6 -2, 6-1 in the semi-finals. .
His 6-3, 6-1 championship game win over Dylan Wen of Methacton contrasted with their previous regular season encounter. This time, Moore needed to go three sets to win over the Warrior’s freshman.
“He gave me something,” Cameron said of Wen, whom he called “the biggest opponent” of the season. “He was tough, but I managed to get through it.”
“Dylan has a lot of guns.” Brennan added, “but Cam had the opportunity and took it. He played defense and was consistent, serving away from Dylan’s forehand.
Moore has also established himself as a force over the past two seasons when the doubles tournament has been going. He teamed with Josh Pergine in 2021 to win the PAC tournament; and with Pergine’s graduation, Cameron found himself paired with Navein Suresh, the Rams’ second singles player this spring.
No matter. Moore and Suresh handled Perkiomen Valley’s Henry Ye and Evan Bolton 6-2, 6-1 after a hard-fought 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3 semi-final against the Wen/Akash Suresh tandem of Methacton.
“I had great teammates. With Josh Pergine, the chemistry was there… team spirit and motivation. Navein had skill in his ground shots.
“He could play singles,” Brennan said of Moore, “but he also understood doubles. It didn’t take long for him to develop his style.
Despite a lack of success, Moore found value in his exposure to top District 1 players in his singles and doubles tournaments.
“It’s a higher level than PAC,” he said. “All the children are talented and good. It elevates your game.
After graduating from high school, Moore will go to Penn State to study math. He thinks to stay in the sport by playing in a club during his stay.
Until then, Moore plans to work at Frog Hollow this summer as a junior instructor.
“It will be the first time I’ve done this,” he said.
That’s fitting given that Moore already knows a lot about continuing legacies.