SPOTSWOOD, NJ - It all came down to the first doubles match in Spotswood High School's boys varsity tennis team's season opener on Monday, April 3. With the match even at two wins apiece, the first doubles pair of Stephen Gardner and Matt Evanego lost a hard-fought match to South Amboy's' first doubles team. Gardner and Evanego dropped the first set in a tie-breaker, (7-5). The pair rallied back to take the second set, (6-3) and forced a third set tie-break to decide the overall match outcome. However, South Amboy came out on top, taking the tie-breaker, (7-1) to give the Governors the 3-2 victory over the Chargers.
Sophomore Derek Miller lost his first singles match to Vahid Drazanin, (6-1, 6-3). It was Miller's inaugural match at the first singles position, having earned the third singles starting spot last season as a freshman. Junior John Tobia lost a tough, back and forth match to South Amboy's Hubert Maslowski, (7-6 (7-4), 6-4). The match was also Tobia's first as a singles player. The junior was a first doubles player for Spotswood in 2016.
Sophomore Josh Mathew earned the only singles win for Spotswood, defeating Conrad Grygoriew, (6-4, 6-1). It was Mathew's first overall match for the Chargers, joining the team this spring.
The second doubles team of Ryan Miller and Michael Kaczmarski notched the second point for Spotswood with their straight set victory over South Amboy's second double pair with a (6-1, 6-3) victory. Kaczmarski is a newcomer to the Chargers varsity tennis team as well.
The Chargers will have an off day before heading to South River High School on Wednesday, April 5 to take on the rival Rams at 4 p.m. South River started their season off with a loss, losing to Middlesex High School, 4-1.