SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Boys Varsity Tennis team begins their season Friday, April 1st, at home (Lagrande Park) vs. perennial power, Summit.
In 2015, Coach Gary Wasserman's squad had its most successful season in school history, registering a 21-6 record, while ranking as high as 2nd in NJ in Group 3, and 14th in the state overall. However, with the graduation of four seniors, including each of the three singles players, who won a remarkable 79 combined matches last year, the rebuilding program is in full swing.
The 1st singles spot will be manned by junior Ewan Jones, who was voted to the All-Union County team a year ago. Sophomore Brandon Glickstein, also an All-Union County selection, earned the 2nd singles slot. Jones and Glickstein combined to win 17 matches at 1st doubles last season. Sophomore Adam Mayerson, will play 3rd singles for the team.
Senior Andrew Ray, and junior Rob Viglione, will form the 1st doubles team, while juniors, Neil Thombre and Ashwin Anandacoumar will begin the year at 2nd doubles. Other members of the varsity team are junior Jordan Wolman and sophomore Nirmit Damania.
In addition to the opener vs. Summit, the daunting schedule is filled with powerhouses ranked in the top 10 in the state, including, #2 Westfield, #3 Livingston, #5 JP Stevens, and #8 Pingry.
Nevertheless, Wasserman, a three-time Union County Coach of the Year, is unapologetic about the task facing his crew, comprised mostly of underclassmen, stating, "Our schedule is very tough and we have an extremely young team, but we're Scotch Plains-Fanwood, and we don't shy away from a challenge."