Lawrenceville powered past Blair, Hun, Peddie, and Pingry on Saturday to win the boys’ tennis NJISAA Prep A title. Big Red swept through all of its matches in first, second, and third doubles, and well as first and second doubles.
First singles: Lex Decker ’19 wins 6-2, 6-2 vs. Peddie’s Joop Olthof
Second singles: Jacob Friedland ’20 wins 6-0, 6-0 vs. Blair’s Jack Weber
Third singles: Louis Sardain ’20 wins 6-2, 6-0 vs. Peddie’s Scott Greaney
First doubles: Brandon Cheng ’22 and Rishin Patel win 6-2, 6-1 vs. Pingry’s Luke Ittycherial and Walker Johnson
Second doubles: Kylan Tatum ’12 and Garret Dyckman ’20 win 6-4, 6-2 vs Pingry’s Nick Hansen and Hayden Lee
Before the match, Margaret Waldman ’20 caught up with Decker to learn more about the co-captain of the state championship team.
How long have you been playing tennis and what made you start?
I have been playing tennis since I was five. I was influenced by my older brother who I would see play tournaments and train. Seeing him playing inspired my interest in the sport at a young age.
What's your favorite part about tennis at Lawrenceville?
The close-knit relationships that have been formed throughout the team and how quickly they happened. They aren't just guys that I compete and train with, they are my friends.
How has the season been for you and the team, strengths, and weaknesses?
It's been a great season for the team, we are probably one of Lawrenceville's top teams skill-wise. We have a lot of talent and a deep lineup to pull from (especially for a private school). With that being said, the team has faced its fair share of problems with injuries benching some of our top players on the lineup. Fortunately, we've still been able to keep a strong record in their stead.
Sports or hobbies outside of tennis?
Anything that keeps me active (basketball, spike ball, soccer).
Do you plan on to play tennis in college or beyond?
I plan to continue to play tennis at the club level and perhaps college if I find I have enough time to perform in my studies and play on the team.
Anything else you want to add?
Being able to play with a lot of the guys I play against in the tournament circuit has been an awesome experience, in tennis, you rarely play on a team so it's always nice when you can have a support team of guys who have your back.
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