SPARTA, NJ - Despite wins by their top two players, Sparta boys tennis lost to Mount Olive, 3-2, on a cold and windy afternoon.
First singles Nick Matkiwsky defeated Jason Wallen, 6-1, 6-3. He was dominant in the first set; breezing through Wallen. He was able to handle Wallen's heavy serve. He rarely made unforced errors and kept the ball on the court forcing Wallen into his own errors.
Second singles James Wang won his match against Noah Rich, 6-2, 6-1. He fell down in the second set but was able to win six straight games.
Third singles Jared DeLeu lost to Ali Elsamahi, 6-3, 6-1. He had a tough time with his serve and struggled to find consistency with his ground game.
First doubles partners Ben Curras and Connor Smetana lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
All of those previous matches were finished before the second doubles match ended. The team score was 2-2 meaning that this match was the winner-takes-all match. After winning the first set, 7-5, Brett Halkyard and Evan Silberstien lost the next two, 6-2, 6-3.
It was a question on whether the match would even be played because of the weather the last two days, but the courts were in good enough condition to be played on. With the temperatures in the high 30s and a sideways rain, players had a lot to deal with, but that was not the worst they played through. There was a strong wind that was constant through the matches and gusts whipped through during moments in the match. Players had to take some power off their hits on one side and then hit harder on the other side.
The boys are back in action on Monday against Morris Hills. They are still looking for their first win after four matches.