The boy’s tennis team is beginning to hit its stride late in the year, which is what you want in any sport as the playoffs loom.
The Pirates beat Florence at home Monday by a score of 5-0. The win came just days after taking down Florence on the road 4-1 last week. Both of the games were regular season contests and within the division. The Pirates are looking at the match with Florence on Tuesday as just another match.
“We are just going to go out there and try our best and hope that we get it done,” first singles player Tim Campbell said.
Tomorrow, the Pirates will host Florence for a second straight day on Tuesday, but this match will come as part of the NJSIAA State Tournament in the Central, Group 1 bracket.
“The guys will not be overconfident tomorrow just because they beat them twice,” head coach Mike Fries said. “I already talked to them about that. I told them to come in with the same intensity as today, but to step it up a little.”
Cinnaminson opened the tournament with a 4-1 win over Middlesex on Friday.
“We’re playing well at the right time of the season,” Fries said. “This is when you want to start playing really well. We have confidence now, especially with the competition we have played.”
“With the singles, they’re playing really well, and it’s just continued. The doubles have finally jelled together and that’s how they’re starting to get their wins.”
A win on Tuesday over Florence and the Pirates move to the semi-finals, which would be played on Thursday. But Coach Fries is making sure the Pirates do not look ahead.
“We don’t want to look ahead. We want to finish business tomorrow and then worry about the next day. I told them, we have to get past Florence tomorrow, and it is hard to play the same team three times in any sport.”
The Pirates play one of the toughest schedules in the area, taking on Rancocas Valley, Moorestown and Delran twice this season. That schedule is what has prepared them for the competition they will face in the tournament.
“It’s always good to play the tougher opponents because it gets us ready for whenever we are playing a match that is close, we can come together and realize we played people who are at a high level, so we can contend with anyone,” Campbell added.
The match against Florence will be played at Wood Park with a 3pm start time.