PARLIN -The South Plainfield boys tennis team continued their 2016-2017 campaign earlier today as they went on the road to take on a familiar rival in Sayreville. The matchup between the two GMC-White division squads was a pivotal match for both squads, and although it wasn’t easy, the Tigers walked away with a hard fought 3-2 victory.
The two teams had previously met three weeks ago in South Plainfield’s home opener, and that match ended with the Bombers getting a narrow 3-2 win. Today’s match was every bit as close to the first one, but thanks to some heroics from Justin Nguygen, South Plainfield earned the win this time around.
“Overall, this was a match we needed to win for our division,” said South Plainfield head coach Dana Curio. “My second single Justin Nguygen pulled through big time for us. This win will help us a lot in the division.”
Nguygen, a senior battled against Sayreville’s Parth Patel, in a close, back and forth affair, and eventually pulled out the victory.
“Justin’s a senior and he’s been playing since his freshman year,” Curio said. “He’s been in tight matches every game we’ve had. It’s been tie-breaker after tie-breaker, so this is a confidence booster for him.”
The win gave South Plainfield a much needed third division win which puts their overall record at 4-4, and their division record at 3-4.
Curio says she’s generally been happy with the play she’s seen out of her players this season, and that the win will be a boost for the heading forward.
“We kept losing matches 3-2, but today was a big match for us, and we managed to come back and win 3-2, so it was a good for us,” the coach said.
The Tigers will return to the court on Monday in a home tilt against another division rival, North Brunswick.