Boy’s Tennis Falls to Delran 5-0 on Wednesday

Boy’s Tennis Falls to Delran 5-0 on Wednesday

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For the second straight day, the boy’s tennis team lost to Delran. Tuesday’s match was a 4-1 decision on the road, while today’s was a 5-0 loss at home.

The defeat puts the Pirates record at 2-5 on the season, which is closing in on the midway point.

Head coach Mike Fries liked his team’s efforts better today than on Monday, despite the difference in the final scores.

“We played a lot better today. Our singles players played phenomenal. Tim (Campbell) took his opponent to a third set in first singles and our third singles (Tyler Collins) took his opponent to three sets. The singles players played well. They played against older guys, which is great competition for the future. They are going to learn from it and move on.”

Next week, the Pirates will take on two very tough opponents in Florence and Holy Cross, but Fries believes that the high level of competition from the two back-to-back Delran games will help his players prepare for those games.

“I think it made the guys stronger. They learned from their mistakes and they saw how to play their opponent and how to possibly beat them and earn strokes on them. It was definitely a positive.

Fries also spoke to the weather hurting the Pirates schedule so far.

“If the weather had cooperated this year, we probably would have had five more matches in than where we are at right now. That would be a better way to tell, but I am with happy with how things are going. The singles players are playing great. They are getting great experience for the next few years since they are so young. The doubles players are still trying to find themselves, but they are working hard.”

As the season wears on, the tennis team will begin playing three or more games per week.

“I am excited for the boys for them to start playing more teams,” Fries said. “Instead of having one game or two games per week, it’s going to make them better and make the team stronger. We will see what happens. Playoffs open next Friday. So, we will see.”

The Pirates have one more game scheduled this week, on Friday, May 1 against Burlington City at 3:30pm at Wood Park.

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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