Greeley Boys Varsity Tennis hosts Greenwich team 4 pm Tuesday, April 17
HOME GAME: Greeley’s Varsity Tennis Team plays Greenwich HS @ 4:00 pm Tues. Apr. 17
Monday, April 16, 2012
by Constance Hall and Debby Glickman
The Boy’s Varsity Tennis Team is in full swing for Spring! Greeley went undefeated last season, with many nationally ranked players leading the team and making it to sectionals and states.
The roster continues to be strong with senior Jay Glickman (top 150 in the country, top 20 in the east), junior Neal Port, and sophomore Rex Glickman, both top-ranked Eastern Section players as well.
Jason Mulholland, Noah Bressman, Doug Gursha and Justin Grossman all return as seniors, with some new great players including freshman Jeremy Wei.
The season opener right before Spring Break was a huge success. Greeley swept Edgemont, winning 7 matches to 0. Rex Glickman, Noah Bressman, and Jeremy Wei won their singles matches, while the duos of Grossman/Jayson, Small/Abrams, Socolow/Hall, and Warner/Krakovitz all successfully defeated their doubles opponents.
The boys had a second sweep, this time against home team John Jay at Bedford Village Memorial Courts last Friday. “Confident but cautious” described the boys’ mindset as they faced a John Jay team that came into this match with a 2-2 record.
Leading the way was co-captain Jay Glickman, playing first singles. His speed and blazing passing shots proved to be a frustration for his opponent, as Glickman won, 6-3, 6-3.
His brother, Rex Glickman, had a slow start, dropping the first set 1-6. Focus and finesse pulled him through the second set, which he won 7-6, and then pulled out the third-set tiebreak.
Freshman Jeremy Wei played third singles in a hard-fought two-setter, winning 6-3, 7-5.
The doubles teams were led by co-captain Jason Mulholland, with his partner Justin Grossman. Seasoned doubles strategy was this team’s formula for success. Jason’s backhand and Justin’s forehand surprised the other team as they passed them down the line. They dominated at 6-2, 6-0.
Second doubles team Doug Gursha and Zach Jayson employed the I-Formation for effective court coverage and aggressive net play to win 6-2, 6-2.
Third doubles was played by lefty sophomores Kevin Socolow and Harry Hall, who found their groove after dropping the first game, and then winning 6-1, 6-1.
Ilan Small and Gavin Abrams were opportunistic serve-and-volleyers, winning 7-5, 6-0.
Greeley is now 2-0.
Coming up this Tuesday, April 17th, the Quakers will be hosting tough rival, Greenwich High School, at Greeley at 4:00 p.m. It promises to be an exciting afternoon of tennis for all! Please come gather on the grass hill to cheer them on.