Hornets boys win fourth conference tennis title

first_img BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Holmdel hopes to capture NJSIAA group title Following the Hornets’ victory in the Monmouth County Tournament, Holmdel High School boys tennis coach Chuck Chelednik foresaw the rematch against Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, that took place in last week’s Shore Conference Tournament final. Holmdel once again topped the Colts and secured the program’s fourth consecutive Shore Conference title. The Hornets won all five contests in the SCT final on May 9, less than two weeks after defeating CBA to win the county championship for the fourth year in a row. It was another achievement for the Hornets, especially for a Holmdel senior class that has been with the team since the start of this incredible run.“I told my guys, ‘You’re going to get their best,’ since CBA wanted revenge after the county tournament,” Chelednik said of the rematch. “Overall, my guys stepped up to the challenge.”Holmdel seniors Daway Chou- Ren and Daniel Tu have held starting roles since the first SCT title.Chou-Ren, who has played at third singles for four years, won his match against Anthony Dein ofCBA, 6-4, 6-3. Tu won at second doubles alongside sophomore Sam Joynson, defeating CBA’s Henry Manley and Mark Robinson, 7-5, 6-3. Mike Li and Ganesh Natarajan, the other two senior starters for Holmdel, form the first doubles team. They took care of CBA’s Mike Montanelli and Mike O’Malley in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.At first singles, junior Derek Liu won his match at first singles over Nick Sharwarko of CBA, 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Mike Chen, who starts at second singles, remained undefeated with a 6-1, 6-2 win over CBA’s Peter Cangialosi. Another SCT title gives Holmdel’s seniors even greater motivation to compete for a group title in the NJSIAA state tournament. Holmdel won its section last season but lost in the first round of group play. This year, the Hornets want to take it one step further and go to the group finals.“We want to just have a chance to play the big schools in the Tournament of Champions,” said Chelednik, who added that his expectations haven’t changed since the beginning of this season. “I think we can play with them. It’s just a matter of having focus and playing good tennis.”Holmdel (11-1) earned a top seed and bye week in the state tournament. The Hornets went on to defeat Arthur L. Johnson High School, 5-0, in a Central Jersey Group II quarterfinal. They were scheduled to play Rumson-Fair Haven in the semifinals on May 16 after the Bulldogs won their quarterfinal against Red Bank Regional, 3-2. The Central Jersey Group II final is set for May 18.CBA (14-1) is the top seed in South Jersey Non-Public A, and the Colts defeated Holy Spirit, 5-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. CBA was slated to play the May 16 semifinals.last_img

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