Boys Tennis: Westfield Beats J.P. Stevens to Win Sectional Title

The Westfield High School boys varsity tennis team Monday. Credits: Jason Sprung

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield High School boys varsity tennis team won the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 4 championship Monday with a 4-1 victory over J.P. Stevens.

Damien Ruparel, at first singles; Matthew Bartok, at third singles; Rob Faktor and David Sprung, at first doubles; and Brad Hornbeck and Jacob Tananbaum, at second doubles; were all winners to give the Blue Devils (20-3) the crown.

The title marked the fourth consecutive year that Westfield has won Section 2, Group 4.

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"This was our fourth consecutive Group 4, North 2 sectional championship," Westfield coach George Kapner said. "That means that our seniors have been part of a program that won the conference, county and sectional championships every year that they were in high school.

"Furthermore, Damien Ruparel has been a starting singles player on all four of those teams, playing first singles in each of the last two years. Two years ago, we also won the Group 4 State Championship. Now we get the opportunity to try to win that championship once again on Wednesday in Mercer County Park."

FIRST SINGLES: Damien Ruparel, Westfield, def. Ruhan Waghmare 6-2, 6-0

SECOND SINGLES: Akshay Khanna, J.P. Stevens, def. Matthew Su 7-6 (7-3) , 1-0, 0-0 (ret.)

THIRD SINGLES: Matthew Bartok, Westfield, def. Ashwin Saraswatula 6-3, 6-1

FIRST DOUBLES: Rob Faktor and David Sprung, Westfield, def. Hrishikesh Bopalkar and Sujay Sayini 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

SECOND DOUBLES: Brad Hornbeck and Jacob Tananbaum, Westfield, def. Krithik Kannan and Akshat Kulkarni 7-5, 6-3


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