WEST WINDSOR, NJ — The Westfield High School boys varsity tennis team defeated two opponents Wednesday to take home the Group 4 State Championship title. Both Montgomery and Livingston had beaten the Blue Devils earlier in the season, making the victories against them especially sweet.
Head coach George Kapner said he felt “incredibly proud.”
“We changed doubles teams after those early season losses and trained both doubles and singles all season specifically so that we were ready for the matchups that we would see, knowing we had to go through both Livingston and Marlboro to win this championship,” he said.
On Wednesday, both team scores were 4-1, reversing 2-3 losses to each team. Westfield was victorious against Livingston thanks to straight set wins by Tyler Roth at first singles, Damien Ruparel at second singles and both doubles teams of Matt Bartok and Owen Bartok and Max Carle and William Kelly.
That afternoon, Westfield avenged its loss to Montgomery from the semi-finals of Delbarton's Bryan Bennett Memorial Tournament when Ruparel won in straight sets again and Noah Reich demolished his opponent 6-2 and 6-0.
First doubles team of brothers Bartok and Bartok won the championship point in their third set with a score of 6-4.
“Everyone connected with WHS boys tennis came through like champs today, especially the seven young men who competed on the courts today,” Kapner said.” I am incredibly proud of all of our players and both of our assistant coaches, Jeff Knight and Adam Gerckens.”
Westfield won the right to go down to Mercer County Park Wednesday by edging out JP Stevens Monday in the North 2 Group 4 sectional final by a score of 3-2, thanks to the championship point won by second doubles team Kelly and Carle by a score of 6-4 in the third set.