VERONA,NJ - The Verona Boys Tennis Team continued their run of excellence this season after a 3-2 victory over Golda Och Academy on Thursday.
“We’ve had a lot of these 3-2 type victories and it’s going to pay a lot of dividends once we get into States being in these type of matches and needing those pressure points to pull through and get the third point is always good,” said Verona Head Coach Jonathan Thai.
Verona’s doubles teams helped lead them to victory sweeping the tandem portion of the contest. The 1st Doubles Team comprised of Max Batson and Brian Feury, who stepped into the role due to a cancelation dominated their Golda Och counterparts 6-2 6-0 with solid backhand and net play.
“They definitely have chemistry…they’ve played together not just this year, but in years past and I think that’s been a key component,” Thai said.
The first doubles team was ironically following the lead set forth by the second doubles tandem for the day of Billy Czupak and Connor Silvia. Silvia and Czupak made quick work of their Golda Och counterparts with a 6-1 6-2 win for their second in as many days against the group.
“[Doubles has] been the strength of our team so far, both doubles teams are 9-1 on the year and they’ve played and it’s almost been like a lock every time they’ve played…it’s been nice to know that I can depend on them every match,” said Thai.
On the individual side Verona received an exceptional effort from junior Andrew Siegelin who was slotted in the second singles spot. Siegelin utilized his long frame to generate a number of forehand points en route to a 6-0 6-1 win. For Siegelin it improves him to 8-2 on the year individually.
“For me [success] is just staying mentally focused, but also placement of the ball, always staying on top of the ball, always moving my feet, being physically active and not getting tired…just really pushing myself,” said Siegelin.
Verona despite having losses in the first and third singles spots on Thursday has received a solid year from both positions. Chase Kaltner and Bobby Hofman have combined for eight wins on the season as they continue to find their stride.
“Chase and Bobby have been battling for us all year at first and third singles, they are both at around .500,” said Thai.
Verona’s victory improves the team to 9-1 on the season as they look to continue winning with the State Tournament rapidly approaching. The Hillbillies will look for a double-digit win total when they host Pompton Lakes on Friday.
“To keep it up we’ve just got to play as a team. Each person has got to play their game, each person has got to know their role [and] execute. It really hasn’t been a problem for us,” said iegelin.