NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Senior tennis ace David Caminiti would have played his fourth year on the New Providence varsity tennis team.
Caminiti saw a lot of success on the court in his first doubles position. The Pioneer boys’ tennis team was the No. 1 seed going into the 2019 sectional finals. They faced the undefeated Leonia team with a perfect 14-0 record. Caminiti and his 1st doubles partner Max Ortiz-Ahedo easily won [6-2, 6-1] to claim a two set victory. Also winning was 3rd singles Nikhil Coudhary and 2nd doubles team of Abhishek Agarwal and Will Krska in a comeback victory to give the Pioneers the title. This would be the Pioneers 9th sectional title in the past 10 years, an unprecedented feat for Pioneer athletics.
In the Group 1 semifinals, with both doubles teams defeating their Mountain Lakes opponents -- the Pioneer win came down to a nail-biting tie-break victory for Coudhary. New Providence would lose in the Group 1 finals to Highland Park.
Although the team lost the championship, Caminiti and his 1st doubles partner Ortiz-Ahedo easily defeated their opponent. Winning this match at the Group 1 final at Mercer County Park is a highlight that Caminiti will always remember.
New Providence head coach David Goldstein saw leadership skills early in Caminiti's 9th grade season. "It was obvious David Caminiti was made to be a captain," he said. "Last year, he didn't disappoint, leading us to the North 2 Group 1 Sectional title. While we lost in the final round of the state championship, David's play at first doubles was phenomenal."
This junior year match would stand out as a top high school highlight for Caminiti. "I was named 1st Team All Group 1 in 1st doubles. That same year, my team took home the sectional title," he said.
"David displayed excellent tactical and athletic virtuosity. Extremely coachable and a leader during the off-season, practice, and matches, David's presence will surely be missed," said Goldstein.
"I am proud to be a Pioneer and represent New Providence in the Court," said Caminiti
TAPinto: A favorite youth memory in the sport?
David: I was fortunate enough to be on the Crestview Swim and Tennis Club team from ages 9 to 16 competing against other private clubs. This was the highlight of my summers where we won numerous club tournaments.
TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of isolation?
David: I was definitely looking forward to my senior season as I worked hard in the offseason to take home the Group 1 title which we were favored to win.
TAPinto: What will the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?
David: The first thing I will do once restrictions are lifted is to hang out with my friends and make the most of my summer before heading out to Arizona State University in the fall.
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