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Millburn High School Tennis Team Begins Defending State Title with Three Straight Wins

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Captain Teddy Moskovitz serves in practice
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Josh Landau gets ready by practicing for the upcoming match
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Keith Knopp plays in practice
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Captain Dean Koman watches his teammates face off in a match
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Millburn's first double play Livingston's first doubles. Millburn defeated Livingston 4-1.
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MILLBURN NJ- The Millburn High School Boys Varsity Tennis team, led by head coach Bill Wickenheisser, is making a statement this season, and they have not yet lost a match. Though there have only been three matches thus far, the Millers' tennis team looked solid as they defeated Caldwell on the road on April 5, Montclair at home on April 3, and Livingston on April 8.

Millburn has consistently asserted themselves as one of the top programs in the state and verified this last season when they went on to win the tournament of champions, ranking as the top team of all of group three high schools and prevailing as the best in the Garden State.

Though the Millers roster may have a different look from last year's championship team due to the loss of many seniors, Millburn has a fresh batch of fine players this season including four freshman, an unprecedented amount compared to last season’s team, which had only two.

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Senior leadership has been vital to the team’s strong start. Dean Koman, who is coming off knee injury, will be a captain this season along with Teddy Moskovitz. Koman will bring his talents with him to Colgate University next year, where he will be playing tennis. When asked about the team’s expectations and goals for the impending season, Koman said, “We want to win it all again. We had a great year last year but we want to win it all again, we have an all around great team this year and we can't wait to continue our success.” 

The Junior Varsity team has also excelled this season. After finishing their season undefeated last year, this year's team, led by Coach Robinson, is off to a 2-0 start. The JV team consists of Millburn sophomores and freshmen that have aspirations to make the varsity team next year.

In their season opener, the Boys varsity team defeated Montclair, 5-0. Millburn’s first singles, Tyler Schick defeated Jackson Claudio of Montclair, 6-1, 6-0. In similar fashion, number two singles, Dean Koman of Millburn defeated Julien Naegeli, 6-1, 6-3. Teddy Moskovitz, Millburn’s 3rd Singles beat Leo Hentschker, 6-2, 6-2. With respect to the Doubles matches, Millburn’s first doubles team consisting of Evan Imegwu and Andrew Nolff defeated Ryan Kautz and William Wallace, 6-1,6-1. And lastly, Jon Duan and Josh Landau of Millburn continued the trend as they defeated their competition in three sets. With the exception of Landau and Duan, the Miller’s all won in straight sets and got off to a great start at home in their first match against Montclair.

As for the team’s first game on the road, they barely broke a sweat, again defeating a team by a shutout score of 5-0, this time against Caldwell. Every Millburn competitor defeated their competition by a score of 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets with the exception of Landau and Duan who only gave up 1 game to Caldwell’s Keenan Flack and Eric Ma, as they defeated them 6-1, 6-0. 

The team’s starting positions are not definitively set in stone, but at the moment it appears that sophomore, Tyler Schick will be the team’s first singles. Senior, Dean Koman will lead the team at second singles, and senior, Teddy Moskovitz will be the team’s third singles. On the doubles side, Evan Imegwu and Andrew Nolff will be the first doubles while Jonathan Duan and Josh Landau will be second doubles. 

Schick is hoping the team has another successful season. When asked about the goals for this year’s tennis season, he said, “This year we look to defend our title as tournament of champions victors and make a statement that we earned this ranking and have just as good if not better a team than last season. As a Sophomore I hope I can help the team as a much as possible this season and in the impending seasons. We are excited to reach success and it won’t come easy but our team has worked hard from day one and we know it will pay off.”

The Millers' hope to remain undefeated came true on Monday, as they won again,  defeating Livingston 4 to 1. Millburn was without first singles player, Tyler Schick so Dean Koman filled in for Tyler at the starting position.  Koman came out strong and defeated Livingston’s first singles, sophomore Anthony Caputo, in straight sets 6-4,6-4. Teddy Moskovitz defeated Livingston’s Erik Katcher, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Jason Ginsburg stepped up big, filling a spot he usually does not play for Millburn and beat Livingston’s third singles Spencer Luster. In doubles, Evan Imegwu and Andrew Nolff defeated Livingston’s first doubles, Justin Patel and Matt Reuter, 6-3, 6-1. Livingston’s only victory came from Sam Farber and Denis Li against Jonathan Duan and Josh Landau. The Livingston duo won, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, but that was not enough for Livingston make it close against this tough Millburn squad.

Millburn’s next matchup is April 10, at home in Millburn at 4 PM against Verona, as the Millers look to continue their undefeated streak.

 

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