MIDDLEDTOWN – No. 2 CBA swept all five positions (5-0) in a Shore Conference Tournament second round match against No. 15 Shore on Tuesday afternoon. It was a convincing result from the Colts who are determined to get another possible shot at No. 1 and heavy SCT favorites Holmdel this season.
Although the Colts fell earlier in the regular season to the Hornets 5-0, there were still some matches that were competitive between the two sides. CBA head coach Dan Keane still insisted his team take one match at a time, and it started against an always tough Group I school in Shore.
CBA second singles Sean Reilly and third singles Jack Fitzsimmons were first off the court for the Colts with victories. Keane has noticed a significant improvement from Reilly at second singles this year.
“He has really developed his serve, it is much more powerful and he’s getting more consistency,” Keane said. “He’s a sophomore now and has that one year of experience under his belt, he always seems to keep a level head during his matches.”
At first doubles Justin Pellegrino and Andrew DeMaio defeated Evan Coffey and Austin Carkuff 6-3, 6-2, and at second doubles CBA’s Joe Bean and Quinn Normoyle defeated Chris Primavera and Lee Manalang 6-1, 6-0.
CBA’s first singles Anthony Dein was the last off the courts after a competitive match against Shore’s Matt Resnikoff. Dein ended up taking the match 6-3, 6-3, and hopes his team will see Holmdel again.
“We definitely want another shot at Holmdel, but we have to focus on all our other matches first,” Dein said. “We always go out and say it’s possible to maybe get an upset, we are always out there trying our hardest and just looking to have fun.”
Shore should be a favorite to repeat this season in the NJSIAA Central Group I Tournament. Led by Resnikoff at first, Keane believes Shore has a legitimate shot to get back to Mercer County Park.
“They are strong at one this year and they are well coached,” Keane said. “Jay (Vastano) has done a really good job developing the program, and they should do very well in their section for states.”
IN OTHER SCT MATCHES
Wall 3, Freehold Township 2: Graham Graver won his match at first singles leading the No. 4 Crimson Knights over the No. 13 Patriots. Jake Evans also recorded a win at second singles for the Crimson Knights after defeating Matt Turley 6-2. 6-4.
Christopher McEwan completed the sweep at third singles for Wall defeating Anthony Critelli 7-5, 6-2.
Marlboro 4, Ranney 1: Brandon Lipnitsky won his match at second singles leading the No. 3 Mustangs over the No. 19 Panthers. Thomas Li and Brandon May also picked up a win at first doubles for the Mustangs.
Akash Verma picked up the only point of the match for the Panthers at first singles after defeating Safie Moamen 7-5, 5-7, (10-8).
Rumson-FH 5, Matawan 0: David Weltz won his match at first singles leading the sixth-seeded Bulldogs over the No. 11 Huskies. Tyler Lubin also won his match at second singles for the Bulldogs, defeating Andrew Polyak 6-1, 6-2.
Holmdel 5, Donovan Catholic 0: Led by Mike Chen at first singles, the top-seeded Hornets swept all five positions against the No. 16 Griffins.
Manalapan 5, Central 0: Konrad Slabinski won his match at first singles leading the No. 5 Braves over the No. 12 Golden Eagles.
Staff Writer: Chris Parker email@example.com