Holmdel tennis ties for A division title

first_img The Holmdel High School girls’ tennis team completed the fall campaign with a 20-4 mark and tied Red Bank Catholic for the top spot in the Shore Conference’s Class A Central division. This marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that the Hornets have either won or tied for the division title. Holmdel split its season series with RBC and both teams went 11-1 in divisional play. In addition, coach Chuck Chelednik’s team qualified for both the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tournaments. The Hornets reached the finals in where they fell to Wall both times. Along the way, Holmdel downed a talented Princeton team, 5- 0, in the CJ Group III semi-finals. “It was a good season and we did well in the tournaments, but we just couldn’t get past Wall,” Chelednik said. “The girls worked hard and they deserved the success they had.” In addition to posting 20 victories, Holmdel’s top doubles tandem, Lisa Yan and Kathy Tsai, also won the Monmouth County doubles tourney. They also reached the quarterfinals of the state doubles tourney, before bowing to Ramapo. The two seniors combined for a 20-1 mark on the year. The Hornets second pairing also had a strong campaign. Senior Dorrie Lee and junior Amali Gunawardana compiled a 15- 1 mark. Gunawardana, who will likely move up to singles next season, showed promise in going 5-1 on the occasions when Chelednik used her in a solo slot. Seniors Jennifer Lee and Anne Chen were solid at the second and third singles positions, respectively. Lee, who owns a big serve, went 14-7, while Chen, whose forte is keeping the ball in play, was 15-4. Sophomore Karolina Wojciak won the top singles spot in the pre-season, and along with it the unenviable task of going headto head with some of the top players in the Shore Conference. Nevertheless, Wojciak distinguished herself well in going 9-10-1. Freshman Caitlyn Yip looked solid in going 4-0, as did sophomore Gayatri Iyengar. Junior Erica Lai and sophomores Freda Huang and Ashley Tran were 3-0, while fellow sophomores Rachel Hong and Jessica Sher won two matches apiece. Chelednik also noted that senior Vivien Chen went 3-0. “We’re expecting big things from Caitlyn Yip, and all of our younger players are very talented,” he said. “Fortunately, we have a lot of good young players. We should have a good mix of seniors and juniors next season and we’ll be looking to pick up right where we left off this year.” BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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