Boys Tennis: New Providence Lands Spot In Sectional Final

Credits: David Caminiti
Credits: David Caminiti
Credits: David Caminiti
Credits: David Caminiti
Credits: David Caminiti

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The quest for eight straight Group 1, North 2 sectional titles is still intact for the boys’ tennis program at New Providence when they swept their competition in quarterfinal and semifinal action this past week.

On Monday, the Pioneers crushed visiting 8th seed Cedar Grove with a convincing 5-0 victory in quarterfinal play. 

At first singles, Chris Kang breezed past Matias Dioses 6-0, 6-2, dominating from start to finish.

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At the second positon, Cristiano Hocken had no problem with Peter Corso, only dropping one game, winning 6-0, 6-1.

Third singles Johnny Souren also won with ease as he topped Michael LaNeve 6-2, 6-1.

At the doubles position, both Brian Kelly and Zach Niedich playing first doubles and Eric Schneider and Ethan Niedich playing second doubles both crushed their opponents, each winning 6-0, 6-0, dropping no games between the two teams.

On Wednesday, in the semifinals, New Providence once again had no problem with their adversary when they took on Verona on a blazing hot afternoon.

Chris Kang showed no signs of slowing down as he only dropped one game, winning 6-1, 6-0.

Hocken, who was slowed down by an ankle injury, was still able to persevere, defeating his opponent 6-1, 6-3.

Third singles Johnny Souren got off to a bit of a slow start in the first set, but then roared back to finish off the first set and all the way through the second set, topping Verona 6-3, 6-1.

Doubles once again proved to be a strong force as the pairs of Kelly and the elder Niedich and Schneider and the younger Niedich both cruised, winning in straight sets.

New Providence will host the winner of Glen Ridge and Dayton Monday afternoon, with the winner being crowned the sectional champion, as the Pioneers look to claim their 8th straight title.

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