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Schmitter/Ivans Tandem Finishes Strong for Chatham Boys Tennis

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Tyler Schmitter makes a backhand return for Chatham in his doubles match with partner Paul Ivans Credits: Sophie Collins
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Tyler Schmitter hits a forehand while his Chatham doubles partner Paul Ivans guards the net Credits: Sophie Collins
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CHATHAM, NJ - After a heated final match, the Chatham boys tennis team closed out a winning season with a 3-2 setback to Morristown on Friday afternoon at Colony Courts. The Cougars ended their season with an overall record of 11-8.

Nick Parsch won his singles match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, against Morristown’s Mark Broseker. Alex Brzozowski lost his singles match against Morristown's Ben Lofrumento, 6-1, 6-1. Sam Ortolani held on until the tiebreaker against Morristown’s Zane Goldberg, winning his first set 6-4 and losing his second set 5-7. In the final, tie-breaking set, Goldberg won it, 10-5.

Paul Ivans and Tyler Schmitter ended the season on a high note for their final performance as a doubles team. They won their first doubles match 6-3, 6-3, against Morristown’s Mike Hillebrecht and James Endahl. Chatham’s second doubles team, Michael Norce and Adam Undus, lost their final match, 6-0, 6-0, against Andrew Hicks and Duncan Wild.

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“It was a good year, it was enjoyable, we played well,” senior Norce said.

“We had a lot of big wins from second doubles,” junior Riley Feher said. “We weren’t really expecting many wins out of our doubles teams this season. We lost like half of our doubles teams from last year, so we were kind of just scraping together some groupings and Schmitter and Paul just worked out.”

Ivans and Schmitter had an especially impressive season as a doubles pair. They secured the second seed in the county tournament due to their strong play.

“We made sure to keep all of the shots cross court until we had the chance to poach at net and put away the point,” senior Paul Ivans said.

“I was more of a baseline player, and Paul was more of the net player,” said sophomore Tyler Schmitter. “We worked well together. He’s a great partner and very experienced player. I really enjoyed this season.”

Senior Sam Ortolani during his final singles match for Chatham

 

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