Westfield 4, J.P. Stevens 1
They had to overcome a lot of adversity to get there, but the Westfield boys tennis team did just that on Monday afternoon.
Westfield (23-3) defeated J.P. Stevens (20-2) 4-1 in the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 sectional final.
“Going into the match I said it was a coin flip,” Westfield coach George Kapner said. “It’s always a great honor and especially this year because J.P. Stevens is such a good team.”
After suffering a stress fracture in his back, Tyler Roth, Westfield’s best player from last season, missed both the fall and winter seasons and slowly worked his way into the lineup this season. He defeated Sarthak Mohanty in 3rd singles by a score of 6-1, 6-2.
Benjamin Cymbala, a member of the 1st doubles team, took a tennis ball to the eye, was thought to be out for the season, but competed on Monday and was victorious alongside Jack Siegel.
“I’m super proud of my team,” Kapner said. “They play for each other, they care for each other and they’re a great group of kids.”
Highland Park 4, Metuchen 1
The Highland Park boys tennis team continued their success in tournament play with yet another sectional title.
The Owls (12-5) defeated Metuchen (15-4) 4-1 in the Central Jersey, Group 1 sectional final on Monday afternoon, their fourth title in the last five years.
“We were led by a strong player and leader in Maverick Lin,” Highland Park coach Tim Stark said. “He’s phenomenal on and off the court. He leads the team and has been a great captain.”
Lin won 1st singles in straight sets against Nick Asreen and continued his dominance against the competition even after taking last season off.
“His focus is what makes him stand out,” Asreen said. “That more than anything is what separates himself from the other players.”
New Providence 3, Dayton 2
With three straight state titles under their belt, there was a lot of pressure for the New Providence boy tennis team to at least claim a sectional title.
The Pioneers (11-8) won 3-2 against Dayton (9-5) in the North Jersey Section 2, Group 1 sectional final.
“It’s a great feeling,” New Providence coach David Goldstein said. “It’s important to the kids to carry the tradition.”
New Providence’s success starts with their captain, Kevin Stinchcomb. He defeated Ross Schickler 6-4, 6-2 and is a leader of the team.
Stinchcomb has been a leader especially to David Sann, who played 2nd singles for this first time this season, and freshman Christopher Kang, who defeated Charles Bachman 6-4, 6-4.
“He’s almost like a second captain,” Stinchcomb said. “He knows how to win and is instrumental in organizing practices.”
Though Stinchcomb has led the way, it was a team effort for the Pioneers.
“They’re a really close group of boys,” Stinchcomb said. “I can’t say enough about them.”
Pingry 5, Moorestown Friends 0
It’s a different year, but it was the same result for the Pingry boys tennis team.
Pingry (19-3) defeated Moorestown Friends (17-5) 5-0 in the South Jersey Non-Public B sectional final, their second title in a row.
“To win the title again is great,” Pingry coach Jhonnatan Diaz said. “All the kids played great.”
Jeffrey Zucker, their top player, missed the first six matches of the season and other players had to step up. The trend continued on Monday.
“Everybody had to step up,” Diaz said. “The title win is more of a team effort than any given player.”