VERONA, NJ - The Verona Boys Tennis Team completed an unlikely winning season on Tuesday showing the team is poised to make noise in 2020.

“Heading into the season I knew we lost a lot of seniors last year and we were going to be a new look team so I wasn’t really sure how we were going to play, but we really came together,” said Head Coach Jonathan Thai.

This season with not a single senior on their roster the Verona squad impressed. Finishing with a 13-11 record the Hillbillies were able to finish right in the middle of their section as a team.

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“They played outstanding throughout the year and were able to come through on the positive end more often than not which is a huge confidence builder for them,” said Thai.

Leading the squad from a statistical aspect was Henry Wertz. Wertz battled out of the number three singles spot to producing an impressive 14-2 record for the season.

“[Wertz] had the best record for us at the third singles spot,” said Thai. 

Matt McNally showed off his versatility playing in the number one singles position. While not as successful as he probably would have liked McNally’s team player attitude allowed for more beneficial matchups in the rest of the order for

“[McNally] did not have a winning record, but he really helped stabilize our lineup and was ultra competitive in all his matches,” said Thai.

In the second singles spot sophomore Evan Silvia continued his development. Silvia notched several key wins in 2019 including a match clincher against rival Cedar Grove.

Verona’s doubles teams were often a work in progress due to injuries and team chemistry. The top doubles pairing of Andrew Tracy and Ben Batson had the most success for the squad while Dan Zamloot held down one half of the second
doubles pairing with a host of partners.

“We played 24 matches in a matter of a month and a half, it was a grueling season, but the boys rose to the challenge,” said Thai.

Verona finished out the season on an upswing winning four of their final six matches. The squad will return all it’s key performers next season as only two will be seniors.

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