NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence’s seven match winning streak was snapped at the hands of neighboring Summit Wednesday afternoon at New Providence High School, as they were held winless at all positions, dropping the contest 5-0.
At first singles, junior Chris Kang fell to Summit’s Thomas Shung, 6-1, 6-0, in under one hour.
At the second singles position, senior co-captain Cristiano Hocken dropped a tight match against Alex McDonald, losing 6-3,7-6(7-4).
Third singles went the distance as the other co-captain Johnny Souren battled Abhishek Mhatre in a three-set affair, but Souren was unable to pick up the victory despite winning the first set. He fell by a score of 4-6,6-3,10-4, with the third set being a tiebreaker.
Summit took both doubles in straight sets, where first doubles for New Providence, who was missing regular starter Brian Kelly, lost 6-2,6-1.
Second doubles fell in almost the same fashion, losing to Summit 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, in Union County Tournament action, New Providence placed 3rd out of 15 competing teams, finishing only behind Westfield and Summit, who finished 1st and 2nd, respectively.
Individually, Chris Kang, Cristiano Hocken, Johnny Souren, and the first doubles pair of Brian Kelly and Zach Niedich received bronze medals for their 3rd place finishes, and the second doubles pairing of Ethan Niedich and Anubuv Anand finished in 4th.
All five spots on day one won both of their matches advancing to the semifinals, where each team faced off against familiar foe Summit.
Despite all teams losing there, the top four spots won their consolation matches to receive bronze medals for the two-day tournament.
Up next for the Pioneers is the state sectional tournament, where they will are seeking their 8th straight title, dating back to 2010. Their quarterfinal opponent is TBD.