Mike Boyle's tennis run for Delbarton ends in Round of 16

Mike Boyle's tennis run for Delbarton ends in Round of 16

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Mike Boyle's tennis run for Delbarton ends in Round of 16

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Delbarton’s Mike Boyle had a simple plan entering this past weekend’s NJSIAA Boys Singles Tennis Championships.

“I wanted to make the top players work for everything,” said the junior, who himself was placed in the 17-28 grouping for the tournament.

Boyle carried that plan out to near perfection, winning three matches and advancing all the way to the Round of 16 before eventually falling to Clifton’s 9-16 seed Richard Rangga on Sunday at Mercer County Park, 6-1, 6-2. Earlier in the day, Boyle rallied to pull out a 3-6, 6-1, (10-7) victory over Carl Wozniczka of West Orange in the Round of 32.

Boyle, who made the successful jump from first doubles to first singles this year for the Green Wave, finished the season with a 31-7 record while missing just one match.

“I worked really hard in the offseason to prepare myself for the move from first doubles to (first) singles,” said Boyle. “I think I was prepared coming into the season and the match experience I gained during the year really helped.”

Boyle began Sunday’s Round of 32 as the lone Morris County representative in the singles draw after Saturday’s early rounds had eliminated the other contenders. After dropping the opening set to West Orange’s Wozniczka, he won six of the next seven games to grab the second set and the momentum heading into the 10-point tiebreaker that would decide the match. But after falling behind 1-4, Boyle closed with a flurry, winning nine of the final 12 points to close out the match.

“That was a very tough match and he (Wozniczka) has a lot of weapons,” Boyle said. “When I got behind in the tiebreaker, I reminded myself to just keep playing my game. I just wanted to make sure I left everything on the court.”

Boyle could not overcome Rangga in the Round of 16, despite having some opportunities early in the second set. But that did little to take away from his achievement of reaching the fourth round here, a feat only three other players have done under long-time Delbarton head coach John Thompson.

“Mike’s had a great season and getting to the fourth round is something he can be very proud of,” said Thompson.

Seeing double

While Boyle was battling his way into the Round of 16 in singles play, two area doubles teams left their mark at Veterans Park on Sunday by advancing to the third round.

Chatham’s first doubles duo of Max Brown and Ryan Lowe, the reigning Morris County champions, posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Hammonton on Sunday before falling to Holmdel in the third round.

Madison’s unseeded duo of Sean Haughey and Matt Sweeney also advanced to the third round after victories over Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday and three-set victory over Montgomery’s second doubles team (both of the school’s doubles teams qualified) in the second round on Sunday. The Dodger duo was eventually stopped in the third round by top seed Newark Academy.

Mountain Lakes’ doubles team of Jackson Whang and Theo Lorand fell in Sunday’s second round to 5-8 seed Ridge after the Lakers had scored a first-round victory over Manasquan on Saturday.

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