Chatham Boys Tennis Sweeps State Tournament Opener Against Iselin Kennedy, 5-0

Harrison Tognola has his game rising for Chatham at first singles Credits: Glenn Clark
C.J. LaMattia follows through at first doubles Credits: Glenn Clark
Will Nacht and Ollie Monaghan won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles for Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Tyler Lowe won at second singles for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
Tyler Lowe won his second-singles match, 6-1, 6-1 Credits: Glenn Clark
Harrison Tognola hit a backhand shot Credits: Glenn Clark
Tyler Lowe concentrates on his shot at second doubles Credits: Glenn Clark
Sam Ortolani winds up for a backhand at third singles Credits: Glenn Clark
Paul Ivans watches as C.J. LaMantia reaches for a shot Credits: Glenn Clark
Harrison Tognola hits a forehand Credits: Glenn Clark
C.J. LaMantia congratulates partner Paul Ivans for hs "on point" serves Credits: Glenn Clark
Harrison Tognola was flying at first singles for the Cougars Credits: Glenn Clark
Sam Ortolani watches his shot at third singles for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
C.J. LaMantia cracks a smile during his first doubles match Credits: Glenn Clark
Sam Ortolani concentrates on his backhand Credits: Glenn Clark

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham senior Harrison Tognola set the tone by securing his victory at first singles in straight sets, followed by wins at first and second doubles as Chatham swept its NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 state tournament match over Iselin Kennedy, 5-0, on Thursday at Colony Courts.

Tognola used a spinning serve and pounded his opponent's backhand in defeating Kennedy's Mathujan Yogarajah, 6-0, 6-1.

"I'm getting my game back a little bit," Tognola said. "Definitely better than the beginning of the season. I've been working on my weaknesses and definitely noticed improvements from the beginning of the season.

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"He couldn't return my spin serve, which was really big. I won every single one of my serve games and hit to his backhand, which was really tough for him."

Chatham's first-doubles team of C.J. LaMantia and Paul Ivans won 6-0, 6-2 over Kunal Vanjani and Darshal Shah.

"We came to net a lot," LaMantia said. "We had a lot of opportunities at the net, moved around a lot and put balls away, which played a part in the win."

The Cougars clinched the match when their second-doubles tandem of Will Nacht and Ollie Monaghan walked off straight-set winners over Kedar Jani and Thamarat Singcharoenchai, 6-0, 6-1. 

Nacht was serving the ball so well that one of their opponent's racket broke and the Chatham players had to lend them an extra racket of their own to finish the match.

"They were definitely afraid of Will's serve," Monaghan said.

Tyler Lowe acknowledged that he wasn't feeling his best, but still dominated his second-singles match in topping Veer Kachhiapatel, 6-1, 6-1. Lowe used a strong baseline game to set up his drop shot and charges to the net. The left-hander's serve was overpowering, but sporadic.

"My serve wasn't good today," Lowe said. "I played a north-south game to bring him in and then played east-west to mix it up."

Sam Ortolani closed out the match for Chatham with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Sameer Ahmadd at third singles.

No. 7 seed Chatham (9-8) travels to meet No. 2 seed Princeton on Monday in the state sectional quarterfinals.


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