Boy’s Tennis Continues Winning Ways with Sweep of Palmyra

Boy’s Tennis Continues Winning Ways with Sweep of Palmyra

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The Pirates boy’s tennis team hosted Palmyra on Monday afternoon at Wood Park and came away with a 4-1 victory, their seventh in a row and second straight against the Panthers.

“We knew coming into this that Palmyra is a very good team,” head coach Mike Fries said. “They are very well coached. We needed our two doubles teams to come through and they did. More importantly, it’s two division wins.”

Cinnaminson is now 7-2 on the season and has put itself in excellent position within the division. The Pirates are 5-0 in the Freedom Division and have four matches left against division opponents Trenton Catholic (tomorrow), Florence and Holy Cross twice.

The match today was the back end of a home-and-home with Palmyra, which was not how the schedule was supposed to play out originally.

“I loved it because the kids just played them,” Fries said of the home-and-home. “It’s fresh in their minds how to beat them.”

“First doubles went to three sets in a win on Friday, but today they shut them down in two sets. Same thing with second doubles. They learned how to play them Friday and it carried over to today.”

Cinnaminson and Palmyra were supposed to open the season against each other at Wood Park, but the match was postponed due to rain. Today was the makeup date and it happened to come days after the teams met in Palmyra for the first time this season on Friday.

The lone loss of today’s match came at first singles as Tim Campbell dropped his match with Dylan Martin 4-6, 2-6. Campbell suffered the lone loss to the Panthers in a 4-1 win for the Pirates on Friday.

Coach Fries spoke about the competition his players faced at the BC Open last week and how he hopes it helps them the rest of the season:

“The competition up there was absolutely amazing. For them playing against that type of competition, it’s just going to make them better for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. It seems like it’s carried over because we’ve played well since then.”

The Pirates hit the court again on Tuesday with a match at Trenton Catholic at 3:45pm.

“The toughest opponent we are going to see the rest of regular season is Delran,” Fries said. “They’re very talented. They have a first singles player who is a freshman. Their second singles player was their first singles player last year. That’s going to be a great test for the playoffs. We also play RV again and we want payback. (Pirates lost second match of season to RV 3-2).”

Match Results

1st Singles: Dylan Martin defeat Tim Campbell 6-4, 6-2
2nd Singles: Eddie Runquist defeat Ethan Martin 6-0, 6-0
3rd Singles: Tyler Collins defeat Ed Nuestro 6-0, 6-1

1st Doubles: Steve Chao and Ronnie Runquist defeat Eric Blatz & Niles Dodd 6-4, 6-2
2nd Doubles: James Merget and George Rider defeat Giovanni Gravano & Ian Stocker 7-5, 6-1

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com