Livingston Boys Tennis Falls Just Short Against Rival Millburn, 3-2

Dennis Li Credits: Maanas Chiplunkar
Anthony Caputo Credits: Maanas Chiplunkar
Earl Hsieh Credits: Maanas Chiplunkar
Boys Varsity Tennis Credits: Maanas Chiplunkar

LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston boys tennis team came into its ready to avenge a previous loss to the Millburn Millers, but came up short in a very competitive match.

The first singles match featured two highly-ranked players as Livingston’s Anthony Caputo faced Millburn's Tyler Schick. Caputo, after falling behind early in the set, tried to rally back as he held Schick off from a set point at 5-2. But Caputo was unable to keep this momentum going, as Schick’s returns and ground strokes were too much for Caputo to overcome. Schick went on to win the match 6-3; 6-2.  

“I'm feeling good, my shoulder is getting better and progressing nicely,” Caputo said he "could have played more aggressively at certain points as [he] could have picked and chosen [his] points better so that [he] could grind and stay in it.”

In the second singles match, Livingston’s Sam Farber played against Millburn’s John Atwater. Farber started off the match strong, winning the first set, 6-4. However, Atwater found his strokes and responded in the next set. He withstood Farber’s strong effort to get back in the set after being down early, winning, 6-4.

The third and final set was filled with many long rallies and the tension was apparent.  Both Farber and Atwater played phenomenal tennis here resulting in a tiebreaker.  Atwater took control of the match in the tiebreaker winning 7-1 and the match 4-6; 6-4; 7-6 (7-1).

Following the match, Farber said he felt that he could definitely learn from the loss.  “When it’s a tight match, I have to really stay in every point and really focus on every point because even a couple of loose errors could decide the match.”

In the third singles match, Lancer Earl Hsieh faced Darren Ting. From the very beginning to the very end, Hsieh remained in full control of the match. Ting was unable to return many of Hsieh's forehand shots as they had both power and accuracy.  Hsieh went on to win the match 6-3; 6-1.  He said he felt that some of the keys to the win were to “just play within myself.”  He also said that “he didn’t do anything special.  I was aggressive when I needed to be and defensive when I needed to be.”

The first doubles match featured Lancers Justin Patel and Jesse Korovin against Keith Knopp and Evan Imegwu. Patel and Korovin took command of the match in the first set winning 6-1. However, they produced a lackluster second set and Knopp and Imegwu took advantage of this by winning the set 6-3. The Lancer duo then rallied from their poor second set in the final set winning 6-2 as Patel and Korovin’s groundstrokes were too much for their opponent to handle. Korovin said the lapse in the second set was because they “counted them out.”  Patel commented, “I tried to forget about the second set and focus on the last set and win every point.”

In the second doubles match, Dennis Li and Matt Reuter played Jon Duan and Jason Ginsberg. The Millburn duo dominated the match from the start and ended up winning 6-1; 6-1.  The Millers beat the Lancers 3-2 as a whole team.

After a disappointing loss, the Lancers look to pick up a win away against Caldwell on Wednesday.

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