by Courtney Day
The boys tennis team traveled to Delbarton School to compete in The Bryan Bennett Memorial Tournament against several other teams last Saturday and Sunday. The boys had great success, despite falling to Newark Academy in the semifinals.
On the first day of the tournament, the boys received a bye and did not have to compete in the first round. In the second round, they battled against South Brunswick, fighting hard to tie them 2–2, with wins from freshman Damien Ruparel at second singles and sophomore Owen Bartok at third singles. Later in the day, senior Co-Captains Jack Siegel and Ben Cymbala broke the tie with a win at first doubles, making the score 3–2, which advanced them to the semifinal round.
During the second day of the tournament, WHS “fought hard for each position but came up short,” according to Siegel. Sophomore Noah Reich was able to win the only point for WHS at first singles as they fell to #1 seed Newark Academy 4–1.
However, Siegel noted that despite the absence of singles player Tyler Roth, the weekend was a success. He said: “It was a good test seeing how we match up with the best teams in the state even while our top player is recovering from an injury. We fit right in with the other teams.”
Kapner said, “I was extremely proud of the WHS boys tennis team this past weekend, and I am looking forward to the boys performing to the best of their abilities as individuals and as a team this season.”