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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Tennis Drops Montville 3-2

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After earning his 84th career win, Jeffrey Rodgers (blue) shakes hands with Rahul Paranjape.   Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Brandon Glickstein (white) returns a serve with a backhand in the first doubles match.   Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Ewan Jones delivers a serve in his doubles match with new partner Brandon Glickstein.   Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Matthew Haas (white) times his forehand strike against Montville's Jake Coleman.   Credits: Michael Bruchert
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FANWOOD, NJ – Jeffrey Rodgers, Matthew Haas, and Cobi Silverstein carried the Raiders over Montville 3-2 on Friday with three victories in the singles matches.
 
Rodgers continued his flawless season at first singles with a 6-0 and 6-2 victory, tallying his 84th career win. The senior played a “high risk, high reward” game Friday. 
 
 
“He was big on the backhand and was making big second shots,” Rodgers said. “It makes it more of a challenge.”
 
The Raiders’ first and second doubles teams were successful against St. Joes on Thursday, but struggled against a 3-3 Montville squad on Friday.

 
The recently paired Brandon Glickstein and Ewan Jones fell 2-6 and 0-6 to Montville’s John Drillings and Dan Kim. Despite the loss, the duo has a positive outlook going forward.
 
“Today was a bad day,” Jones said. “We weren’t executing in situations where we normally do.”
 
Glickstein knows the partnership will begin to gel as the two get more experience together on the court. “We’ve been playing well since we were matched up at Pingry,” he said. “We know how dominating we can be like we were against St. Joes.”
 
Matthew Boczon and Adam Mayerson were unable to rally in second doubles, scoring 2-6, 6-2, and 2-6 in three sets.
 
Cobi Silverstein knocked off Matt Wasserman at third singles 6-3, 6-3 to earn his sixth win of the season.
 
In a tight matchup at second singles versus Jake Coleman, Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Matthew Haas earned a 6-2 third set victory to earn the Raiders a win.
 
Raiders head coach Gary Wasserman’s only concern is his team’s depth, but he admits his team is comprised of skilled athletes.
 
“I have two freshmen that are starting right now, and we have four seniors they are really mentoring the kids,” Wasserman said. “We work on what they’re not doing right, and try to make them aware of the positives and negatives. Some of these guys have never played with each other so it’s whole new learning process.”
 
Scotch Plains-Fanwood moves to 6-2 overall on the year, and return to action Saturday at the Lancer Showdown at Livingston High School. They will meet Watchung Hills, Mendham, and Livingston at 10:00 a.m.
 

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