RUTHERFORD, NJ - Once again the depth of the Aviators came through, as Hasbrouck Heights bounced back from a loss in first singles to sweep the rest of their matches, giving them a 4-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 tournament.
The fifth seeded Aviators will travel to top-seeded New Providence on Thursday to meet in the semi-finals. New Providence advanced with a convincing 5-0 win over Cedar Grove, and have yet to lose a match in the tournament.
Daniel Behrens (second singles) needed three sets to defeat Riley Gajewski (6-0, 3-6, 6-4) to even up the match. Third singles standout Kareem Abdelwahab cruised to a 6-0, 6-1.
The doubles teams continued their excellence as the team of Matt Jared Beerman/Matt Sicangco won 6-0, 6-3 over the Bulldogs first doubles team of Daniel Armanious and Youssef Mikhaiel. Second doubles team Davor Babic and Owen DiCicco defeated Jay Patel and Harsh Hirpara 6-2, 7-5.
"I am so proud of this team," said Hasbrouck Heights head coach Suzanne Caines "They came out today wanting to win and it showed from the minute they stepped on the courts.
"Our doubles teams dominated from the start, with both teams winning in straight sets. Kareem Abdelwahab, our 3rd singles player, has really been playing well, and won handily 6-0; 6-1. The icing on the cake, though, was provided by 2nd singles player, Dan Behrens who edged out Rutherford's Riley Gajewski, in a tough 3-set match. We're excited about tomorrow."
Hasbrouck Heights 4 11-4
Rutherford 1 10-6
1st Singles: Arnav Sundaram, Rutherford, def. Mario Kaldas 6-1, 6-0
2nd Singles: Daniel Behrens, Hasbrouck Heights, def. Riley Gajewski 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
3rd Singles: Kareem Abdelwahab, Hasbrouck Heights, def. Adrian Law 6-0, 6-1
1st Doubles: Jared Beerman and Matt Sicangco, Hasbrouck Heights, def. Daniel Armanious and Youssef Mikhaiel 6-0, 6-3
2nd Doubles: Davor Babic and Owen DeCicco, Hasbrouck Heights, def. Jay Patel and Harsh Hirpara 6-2, 7-5
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