FORT LEE, NJ - Gov. Livingston boys tennis (13-4) reaches the NJSIAA North 2 Group 2 State Sectional final with an "intense" 3-2 defeat of No. 2 seed Fort Lee on Thursday.
No. 3 seed Gov. Livingston reached the finals by defeating No. 6 seed Voorhees, 5-0, in the quarterfinals after having a bye in the opening round. The Highlanders will face No. 1 seed Somerville in the Finals on Monday.
The semifinal matchup was a rematch of last year's sectional final between GL and Fort Lee where Highlanders senior Alec Palumbo in the third singles position, found himself in the similar situation as the deciding match. Losing in three sets a year ago, he won in two sets (7-6, 6-3) defeating Nico Papaioann for the GL semifinal victory.
We were not happy with the seeds, so we are on a mission, said GL head coach Michael Smookler, in just his second year at the helm, happy to reach the finals for the second consecutive year.
At first singles, senior Harrison Joseph fell to Fort Lee’s Thomas Yu, 6-0, 6-2.
At the second singles position, sophomore David Schwartzman dropped a tight match against Daniel Lim, losing 7-6(7-4), 6-2.
Gov. Livingston took both doubles in straight sets, where first doubles for the Highlanders, senior Carl Heer and sophomore Ray Li won 6-0,6-1; second doubles team of freshman Allen Du and junior Christopher Harriott won in almost the same fashion, winning to Fort Lee 6-1, 6-1.