WEST LONG BRANCH
With all three returning starters at singles this year, Shore Regional hopes to keep pace with a very competitive Class A Central this season. The Blue Devils picked up a good division win defeating Red Bank Catholic 5-0 on Thursday.
Coach Jason Vastano watched his team take care of business against the Caseys in its fourth match of the week.
“They came out and did what they had to do today,” Vastano said. “It was a long week, but the guys didn’t really show any fatigue, which was good.”
With a division featuring three teams in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, including Shore Conference powerhouse Holmdel, Vastano is looking for consistency from his players this season.
“We have some new guys at doubles this year, but if we play some consistent tennis we will have a good year,” Vastano said.
Sophomore Matt Resnikoff, now in his second season at first singles, defeated Red Bank Catholic’s William Wang 6-0, 6-3.
“The beginning of the match started out kind of slow,” Resnikoff said. “(Wang) is a good player. As the match progressed I just stepped up and was able to come away with the win today.”
Vastano has been pleased with the evolution of Resnikoff’s game from freshman year.
“He’s a phenomenal player, there don’t seem to be any nerves anymore,” Vastano said. “He just goes out there and expects to win and backs it up.”
Alex Holderness was able to secure a point with a 6-4, 7-5 victory at second singles. At third singles, Derek Moore defeated Joe Marino 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Moore is the senior captain this year for the Blue Devils, and his experience should help Vastano’s team at the important third-singles position.
“He showed some endurance today, and he was really good for us last year,” Vastano said. “We expect him to go out there and have that confidence to be able to get a result for us.”
At first doubles Austin Carkhuff and Tom Walters defeated Red Bank Catholic’s Charlie McDonald and Jake Spoor 6-1, 6-2, and Evan Coffee and Mason Muh clinched a point at second doubles for the Blue Devils by defeating Tyler Lynch and Mike Simko 6-1, 6-0.
After a tough loss to Monmouth Regional earlier this week, Vastano hopes this win can give the Blue Devils some momentum in their division.
“We lost a couple of close matches earlier this week, but hopefully when we see them again we can give them a harder time.”