Boy’s Tennis First Round Playoff Preview vs Delsea

Boy’s Tennis First Round Playoff Preview vs Delsea

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The boy’s tennis team tournaments begin this week, with some getting underway today, including the Pirates. First round matches must be completed by this Friday. Here is our South, Group 2 first round playoff preview as Delsea comes to town.

#12 Delsea: 4-9

#5 Cinnaminson: 12-2

When: Wednesday, May 11 at 3pm.

Where: Wood Park in Cinnaminson.

Cinnaminson earned a first round playoff home match by racking up a slew of wins in a row prior to the cutoff date and going undefeated in their division by the cutoff.

The Pirates have been red hot for more than a month now. Cinnaminson opened the season with two straight losses to Moorestown and Rancocas Valley.

After those two matches the Pirates exploded for 12 wins in a row, including a 3-2 victory in a rematch with Rancocas Valley on Tuesday.

Cinnaminson has opened division play with a 7-0 mark, putting them in excellent position to take home the Freedom crown before the season ends.

The Pirates 2015 season ended with a loss in the Central, Group 1 semifinals to Metuchen by a 3-2 score.

Delsea comes into today with a 4-9 record. The Crusaders lost their most recent match, 3-2 to Schalick on Tuesday. It was their fourth loss in five matches.

The Crusaders opened the 2016 season by winning a 5-0 match against Deptford before losing two in a row and five of six.

Coming off the best season in school history (14-3 record) the boy’s tennis team from Delsea has struggled in 2016. The Crusaders 2015 season ended in the semifinals of the State, Group 2 semifinals with a 5-0 loss to Summit.

Delsea got to the State, Group 2 semifinals by securing the program’s first-ever sectional title with a 5-0 win over Delran as the two-seed in South, Group 2.

Delsea came close to a sectional title in 2012, but fell to #1 Moorestown 5-0 in the finals of the South, Group 3 Tournament as the two-seed.

The only common opponent between Cinnaminson and Delsea this season is Moorestown. Both teams dropped 5-0 matches to the Quakers early in the year.

Cinnaminson and Delsea have not met since at least prior to the 2009 season.

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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