SPRINGFIELD, NJ – The Jonathan Dayton varsity boys tennis team is looking to improve on last year’s 4-12 record according to Coach Kaitlin Salmon. She described the outlook for the boys team as “promising”.
There are eleven players on the tennis team. The mix is three seniors, five juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen. The seniors are Josh Damast, Liam Dishy and Jared Horowitz, who was the goalie on the soccer team. The juniors are Ron Brody, Adam Gelo, Sean Martin, Colin McCormick, and Aitan Voremberg. The sophomore is Ryan Salman and the two freshman are Matt Mlawski and Brandon Wohl.
The starting roster is not yet set. There will be three singles players and two doubles teams. Dayton does not have a junior varsity team, which requires at least ten players to play five doubles matches.
The first match is April 4 against Oratory. Before the matches, the coach focuses on technique and conditioning. The team is part of North Jersey, Section 2 – Group 1. The Union County Tournament is at the end of April and the state sectional tournament takes place in the second half of May. The number one player on Dayton qualifies for the state sectional tournament if he has a winning record.
This is Coach Salmon’s seventh year working in the Springfield School System and second year working with both the boys & girls tennis teams. Next fall, she plans to continue coaching the girls varsity tennis team. She was the Assistant Coach for both boys & girls teams last year. During her first five years in the school system, she taught Health and Physical Education at Edward V Walton Early Childhood Center. The last two years have been spent teaching Health and Physical Education at Jonathan Dayton High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers University and her Masters in teaching from Montclair State University.
The team’s record since 2010
The team’s schedule
The two matches in March are scrimmages.