SPFHS Boys Tennis Team Stuns #9 Summit in Thriller

Raiders tennis coach Gary Wasserman and Cobi Silverstein

Summit, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Boys Tennis team went on the road, and for the first time in a decade, beat Summit HS, currently the 9th ranked team in New Jersey. The 3-2 victory was clinched by senior Cobi Silverstein in dramatic fashion the final match of the contest at 3rd singles.

Silverstein won the first set in a tiebreak before his opponent from Summit, Thomas Shung, squared the match at a set apiece. With all eyes on the combatants, Shung came out and won 13 of the first 14 points for a seemingly insurmountable 4-0 lead. 

However, Silverstein staved off a game point that would have put him in a 5-0 hole, instead drawing to within 4-1. Shung broke back for 5-1 and then had match point.  Once again. Silverstein was equal to the challenge and battled back to win the game.  Slowly, Sliverstein built momentum, patiently keeping the ball in play, winning rallies that lasted 30-40 shots each.  

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Finally, gaining a 6-5 advantage, Silverstein finally won on his 4th match point, winning the final 5 games, as his teammates stormed the court, setting off a jubilant celebration the visiting turf.  

Earlier seniors, Jeffrey Rodgers and Matthew Haas won their singles matches, while Summit's doubles pairings were too much for SPF's teams, as the match was 2-2 heading into its dramatic conclusion.

With the victory, Coach Gary Wasserman's team notched its 6th win in a row and is now a sparkling 15-5, with the hope that it may gain Top 20 status in the NJ High School Tennis rankings, due out this weekend.

With the state tournament beginning tomorrow, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, seeded #2 in the sectionals returns to the court Monday, after an opening round bye, vs. the winner of #7 Iselin Kennedy and #10 New Brunswick.

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