Spotswood Boys Varsity Tennis Defeats South River For First Win

Mike Kaczmarski takes a serve in Spotswood's match against South River on April 5. Credits: Dawn Miller
Ryan Miller hits a volley in Spotswood's first doubles match against South River. Credits: Dawn Miller
Spotswood's Matt Evanego and Stephen Gardner wait for the service return in their first doubles match. Credits: Dawn Miller
The Chargers John Tobia takes a forehand in his second singles match against South River's Chris Suh. Credits: Dawn Miller
Spotswood's Josh Mathew serves to South River's Paul Briklin. Mathew won in three sets. Credits: Dawn Miller

SOUTH RIVER, NJ - The Spotswood High School boys tennis team won their first match of the 2017 season on Wednesday, April 5, defeating South River High School, 4-1. Their win evened their early season overall record to 1-1.

Derek Miller won his first singles match, beating South River's Mohamed Ayad, (6-1, 6-1) to even his individual season record to 1-1. Junior John Tobia defeated the Rams Chris Suh, (6-2, 6-2) in his second singles match for his first win of the season. It took the Chargers Josh Mathew three sets to defeat Paul Briklin. Mathew dropped the first set,losing, (7-6) in a tie-breaker. However, the sophomore rallied back to take the next two sets, (6-4, 6-4).

South River's first doubles pair of Hunter McFeeley and Neil Rana earned the only match point for the Rams by defeating Spotswood's Stephen Gardner and Matt Evanego in a hard-fought match, (7-5, 7-5). The Chargers second doubles team of Mike Kaczmarski and Ryan Miller lost a back and forth first set to South River's Natan Pena and Arnav Jan, (7-5). The pair came back to take the second set in a tie-breaker, (7-6, 12-6). Since the Chargers had already clinched the match outcome with three singles victories, the second doubles teams played a tie-breaker to decide the final set. Kaczmarski and Miller came out on top, giving Spotswood the 4-1 win over South River.

Weather-permitting the Chargers will host Metuchen High School on Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at the Summerhill Road courts.

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