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Tennis notebook: Sectional, Individual titles claimed

06/02/2018, 10:15am EDT
By Sean Fallon

Near misses and milestones highlight end of tennis season

It’s game, set and match for the 2018 boys high school tennis season. The players battled through elements, schedule changes and each other to reach the end of an exciting season. Here’s a final look at what’s going on in South Jersey tennis.

Ten Things happening in SJ Tennis

1.. South Jersey comes up empty: No South Jersey teams managed to capture a state title in team play last week, Haddonfield came the closest, reaching the Group II title match before falling, 4-1, to four-time champ Holmdel.

2. Lenape claims Group IV: After coming up short in last year’s sectional title match with Cherry Hill East, the Indians captured the Group IV title with a 3-2 victory over the Cougars, Lenape was aided by an injury default at first doubles to secure the victory. The Indians’ magical run ended in the semifinals with a 5-0 loss to state powerhouse Westfield.

3. Moorestown returns to Group III glory: The Quakers, after being placed in Central Jersey last season, returned to South Jersey and reclaimed the Group III title with a 5-0 win over Mainland. Moorestown’s run for a state title came up short in a 3-2 loss to Princeton in the state semifinals.

4. Haddonfield wins Group II, again: Another year, another sectional title for the Bulldawgs. After winning in Group I last season, Haddonfield found itself back in Group II, defeating defending champ, Delsea, 5-0. Haddonfield defeated Governor Livingston, 4-1, in the semifinals before falling to Holmdel.

5. Middle Township is almost perfect: Middle Township’s great season continued with a 4-1 win over Woodstown in the Group I final, earning the Panthers their second sectional title in three years, remaining undefeated in South Jersey play. However, the perfect season -- and state title hopes -- ended with a 3-2 loss to eventual champion Mountain Lakes in the semifinals.

6. Lavin claims singles title: Lenape’s Jack Lavin added some more personal hardware to go along with his team’s sectional title when he defeated Cherry Hill East’s Adam Yu, 7-5, 6-1, to win the South Jersey Interscholastic Tennis championship last Sunday at Haddonfield. He adds this to the Olympic Conference and Burlington County singles’ titles he already claimed this season.

7. Moorestown claims doubles’ crown: The Moorestown tandem of Adi Bulusu and Dan Rohrbach defeated teammates Josh Bearder and Sahil Tilak, 6-4, 6-3, to win the SJIT doubles title.

8. Moorestown’s milestone foursome: While Moorestown had a great season as a team, culminating in a sectional title, the seniors on the team also had reached a significant milestone of their own. The four seniors, Dylan Paul, Adi Bulusu, Akshay Bhalodia, and Dan Rohrbach recorded more than 400 victories combined. Buusu leads the way with 109, Bhalodia has 106, Paul has 103 and Rohrbach with 88.

9. Haddonfield sweeps Colonial: Will Oberholzer defeated teammate Mason Cohen, 6-2, 6-3 to win the singles title and the pair of Nico Cohen and Alex Dante defeated Mo Jishi and Pierre Yan,2-6, 6-1, 6-4, to win the doubles title in an all-Bulldawgs final in the Colonial Conference tournament last week.

10. State singles/doubles tournament: The final event of the season, the NJSIAA singles and doubles tournament begins this weekend in Mercer County. No South Jersey player was seeded among the top 32 and Bulusu and Rohrbach were the only area doubles team in the top 16 seeds. Weather permitting, the tournament should conclude next weekend.

Final Boys' Tennis Top 10

1. Moorestown (22-3)

2. Lenape (18-3)

3. Haddonfield (23-9)

4. Cherry Hill East (13-2)

5. St. Augustine (19-3)

6. Mainland (16-4)

7. Middle Twp.(23-1)

8. Woodstown (19-4)

9. Kingsway (17-4)

10. Moorestown Friends (9-8)

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