SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Boys Varsity Tennis Team won its 21st match on Thursday, pummeling Plainfield in the season finale on Senior Day.
Jeffrey Rodgers, adding to his legacy as one of the greatest athletes in the school's history, won the 105th match of his illustrious career at 1st singles. He went 29-1 on the season, won his second Union County Tournament (UCT) 1st singles title, and heads to State championships next week in Mercer County.
Fellow senior Matthew Haas won his 24th match of the season, in which he reached 50 wins for his career. Haas reached the final of the UCT in the 2nd singles division and earned a spot in the state championship singles draw as well.
Yet another senior, Cobi Silverstein, won his 22nd match of the season. Silverstein's improbable comeback on the road at (then #9 ranked) Summit, in which he was down 5-1, and a match point against him in the 3rd set, only to rally for a 7-5 victory, propelled SPFHS into the Top 20, achieving the #14 ranking in the state.
Senior Matt Boczon and sophomore Ewan Jones won at 1st doubles and junior Andrew Ray and sophomore Rob Viglione, completed the sweep at 2nd doubles.
Boczon and junior, Noah Bernstein, won 2 matches at the UCT to earn a spot in the semifinals and a 4th place finish, registering meaningful points that helped SPFHS in the team standings.
Jones and freshman Brandon Glickstein won the final match of the UCT in front of a crowd exceeding 100 people, a thrilling 3-set comeback, including rallying from down 2-0 in the final set, to earn a 3rd place medal and catapult SPFHS into a 2nd place finish in the overall team standings. Jones and Glickstein won 17 matches at 1st doubles, as the team received contributions from the entire roster, including Boczon (12 wins), Bernstein (8), freshman, Adam Mayerson (5), Ray (4), and Viglione (3).
In his role as master motivator and inspirational leader, Coach Gary 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 and counting). 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 the #2 ranking (behind Millburn) in the NJ Group 3 division.