EDISON, NJ -The Spotswood High School boys varsity tennis team finished off their season with a 5-0 win over Bishop Ahr High School on Wednesday, May 24. Rain and transportation issues delayed the match between the Chargers and the Trojans, which was initially set for early on in the season. Derek Miller won his first singles match over Duncan Merriman, (6-2, 6-2) while John Tobia took his second singles match with Matt Jiang, (6-1, 6-2). Third singles player, Josh Mathew, won the first set against Jon Manzo, (6-2), however, Manzo rallied back to win the second set (7-6). Since the match had already been decided, the pair played a tie-breaker to determine the winner. Mathew won the tie-breaker, (10-3). Matt Evanego and Stephen Gardner won their first doubles match, (6-3, 6-3) over Sean Zagarola and Nachi Gosukonda. Ryan Miller and Mike Kaczmarski won their second doubles match by default since Bishop Ahr does not have enough players to field a second doubles team.
Their win moves the Chargers' overall record on the season to 9-8. The Chargers had a successful learning season with a lineup comprised of mostly up and coming players. All of the varsity players will be returning to the court for the Chargers next season. Only one player, Umar Khattak, is graduating this June. Khattak saw doubles action in three varsity matches this spring.
Derek Miller will be representing Spotswood High School in the upcoming NJSIAA Singles Tournament. Miller had to win 60 percent of his regular season matches to qualify for the tournament. He was the only singles player from the Chargers lineup to earn a spot in the individual singles tournament.
The sophomore played third singles last year for the Chargers. Miller will play his first round match on Saturday, June 3 at Mercer County Park at 2 p.m. His opponent is Rahul Galcudus from Cherry Hill High School. Galcudus is a first singles player as well. His individual match record for the 2017 season was 7-5. Miller finished the season with a 10-6 overall record for Spotswood.