MADISON-The Madison boys tennis team got off to a fast start in its opener vs. Pequannock.
So quick, in fact, that the Dodgers were able to finish off the match in less than an hour.
Needing just 55 minutes to dispatch the Golden Panthers, Madison cruised to a 5-0 victory over Pequannock yesterday afternoon at the Madison High courts. Spread across the five matches, the Dodgers only surrendered six total games to the visitors to improve to 1-0 on the season.
“I’m very pleased with how we played today given how we had to adapt,” said Dodgers coach Mike Radzieski, “We had a net issue that caused our guys to play on different courts than they’re accustomed to. We had some concerns about the weather as well so just to play on opening day is wonderful.”
At first singles, Madison senior Ryan Mak got his season started on the right note, sweeping Pequannock’s Tim Gitin, 6-0, 6-2. The Dodgers’ second singles player, junior Matt Haughey, needed the minimum 12 games to defeat Devin Ren of the visitors, 6-0, 6-0.
In a matchup of juniors, Madison’s Billy Lewis notched a 6-2, 6-1 straight sets victory over Benjamin Lacher to clinch the match for Madison.
“Last year, we had four of our five spots advance to the quarterfinals of the county tournament, and I think can build on that even more this year with a lot of experienced players back” said Radzieski.
James Nisovaccia—a senior—and his first doubles partner Tripp Como also launched their seasons with a victory, handling the Pequannock combination of John O’Connor and Mike Celletti, 6-1, 6-0.
Lastly, the Madison second doubles pair of Jeffrey Qino and David Reicheck also swept the minimum 6-0, 6-0 in their match.
The Dodgers will face a challenging pair of home matches early next week. First is the NJAC-Liberty Division opener with Parsippany on Monday morning, and Tuesday morning will feature a tough match with perennial Morris County power Mendham.