BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- Bloomfield High boys tennis coach Mike DiMasi has said what so many other high school coaches this spring have reiterated. The cancellation of the spring sports season is disappointing, but it's also a time to thank the student-athletes, who have been so resilient.
"Even though we all know this was the right decision to ensure the safety of everyone, it does not take away the sting and sadness of not participating in this 2020 season," said DiMasi. "In all of my years of coaching, this is one where we came into this season with the highest of expectations and goals. Coming off a 15-win 2019 season, where we tied for the most wins in a season at Bloomfield (for boys tennis) which came in 2001, and our first state tournament win in my coaching career, we were ready to surpass those achievements this season. 
"We were moved up a division for this season, because of our success last year, and were ready for the challenge and confident that we were going to achieve even more in this 2020 season. We only graduated two seniors/varsity starters, who were top players, but were returning five starters. In addition, we were given a massive boost with two freshmen joining our program who had previous tennis experience."
Those newcomers were Arian Abalos and Giancarlo Serrano. 
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"Both of these freshmen were going to compete for a varsity spot and Arian would have competed for one of the top singles spots," said DiMasi. "Furthermore, we had a junior, Glens Narcisse, who joined our program as a sophomore with previous tennis background, and he was a rock at third singles. He won the majority of his matches and was a player we could count on for a victory."
DiMasi praised his Bloomfield's senior captain, Nathan Inclan.

"He is our quiet leader and leads by example," the coach said. "Nathan was our consistent and steady player, who we depended on for critical victories at second singles. He will be attending William Paterson in the fall and majoring in Biology."
Another senior captain Manas Ranpariya and senior Johnny Visnevskiy made up a talented doubles team.
"Manas was also an excellent leader who I depended upon and trusted to run our warm-ups and the structuring of our practices," said DiMasi. "Manas was very reliable because of his ability to understanding intricate tennis drills and fundamentals and teach them to the rest of the team. Manas will be attending the Honors College at Rutgers University and will be majoring in cognitive neuroscience on the pre-med track. 

"Johnny Visnevskiy grew in his maturity and tennis skill and along with Manas won some key matches for us. He will be attending Rutgers University and majoring in Computer Science."
The other BHS seniors include Miguel Castellano, a key starting varsity player at second doubles last year, Michael Fleurimond, who, according to DiMasi, was crucial in the team's success toward the end of last season, Dhruv Ghoniya, a trusted liaison who relayed important tennis knowledge, fundamentals and drills to the JV team, Mohammed Uddin and Khaled Alargha, a newcomer to the team this spring.
Fleurimond will attend Montclair State and major in Computer Science. Ghoniya is headed to Rutgers University and major in aerospace engineering. 
I want to thank our JV coach, Paul Roche, for his dedication and commitment to our program," said DiMasi. "Coach Roche's exceptional tennis knowledge and background helps our tennis program to perpetually flourish. 
"Lastly, we want to thank our seniors very much for everything they have done, and the contributions they had made to the program. Even though this is a difficult ending, they should be immensely proud of where they have taken this program. These seniors have taken us to remarkable heights and were paramount to our extraordinary accomplishments as a team and program. 
"We will miss them very much, but these seniors should not look back in sadness or disappointment, but in pleasure and delight that they have transformed the Bloomfield High School boys' tennis team into perpetual division, county, and state competitors. We wish our seniors all of the best in their future endeavors, and we know they will achieve such momentous academic and social successes."