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SPFHS Boys Varsity Tennis Winningest Season in 20 Years Recognized with Numerous Postseason Honors

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Jeffrey Rodgers
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SPFHS Raiders head tennis coach Gary Wasserman and Cobi Silverstein
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Brandon Glickstein and Ewan Jones
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Boys Varsity Tennis Team season was one for the record books.  Coach Gary Wasserman’s squad finished 21-6, the school’s best season in the past 20 years.

Senior Jeffrey Rodgers forever etched his name in school history, going 32-2, to finish with a record 108 victories.  He won his 2nd Union County Tournament (UCT) 1st singles title, was named 1st team All-County and 2nd team All-State for Group 3.  He also took home the prestigious UCIAC Student Scholar-Athlete award.  Rodgers will continue his tennis career at Fairfield University in the fall.

Senior Matthew Haas won an impressive 24 matches this season, and surpassed the 50-win mark for his career.  He was recognized as both 2nd team All-County and All-Conference.  Haas reached the final of the UCT in the 2nd singles division and earned a spot in the NJ State singles tournament. Yet another senior, Cobi Silverstein, finished with 22 victories.  His highlight was an improbable comeback on the road at (then #9 ranked) Summit.  Silverstein was down 5-1, and had a match point against him in the 3rd set, only to rally for a 7-5 victory. The win propelled SPFHS into the Top 20, achieving the #14 ranking in the state.

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The 1st doubles tandem of freshman Brandon Glickstein and sophomore Ewan Jones won 17 matches and  were both named  to Union County’s All-Conference team (Watchung Division).  The duo won the last match of the UCT, a thrilling 3 set comeback, that enabled SPFHS to take 2nd place overall.  Jones lettered for the 2nd straight season while Glickstein won the most matches for a freshman since Rodgers in 2012.

Senior Matt Boczon and junior Noah Bernstein were the team’s primary 2nd doubles team.  The duo won 2 matches at the UCT to earn a spot in the semifinals and a 4th place finish, helping SPFHS in the team standings.  Each was named Honorable Mention for the All-Conference team.

With the graduation of 4 of the top 6 players, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd singles, the team will head into 2016 relying on returning starters Jones (17 wins), Glickstein (17), and Bernstein (8), along with freshman, Adam Mayerson (5), junior, Andrew Ray (4), and sophomore, Rob Viglione (3).

Coach Wasserman has now led SPFHS to two 21 win campaigns in the last 3 years and broke through the 100-win barrier as Boys coach (finishing the season at 116).  Combined with his record as girls coach, he now has 180 wins during his tenure at SPFHS.  In addition to its #14 ranking in the overall NJ HS tennis standings, SPFHS also achieved a season high #2 ranking in the NJ Group 3 division (behind Millburn, ranked 1st overall in the state), as well as #2 in Union County (behind Westfield, ranked 4th in NJ).

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