Believe it or not, Hornets not done yet

31 May 2020 admin

first_imgBrilliant Holmdel team has one title left to capture BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Above, members of the Holmdel High School tennis team celebrate their Tournament of Champions title, won in Edison on Oct. 26. At left, Jessica Liu blasts a forehand during her doubles match. Following a sensational week of accomplishments the Holmdel High School girls tennis team will look to complete its fall campaign by capturing the Shore Conference Class B Central crown. That may seem a bit off, as the Hornets have already won the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions (TOC) and Jackie Wu won the girls singles championship. Holmdel also won the Shore Conference Tournament and the Monmouth County title. PHOTOS BY MIGUEL JUAREZ staff Nevertheless, the team has four divisional matches remaining before it can claim the final jewel. Overall coach Chuck Chelednik’s team is 19-0 and is coming off of a nail-biting 3-2 triumph over Westfield in the TOC finale. Wu (6-0, 6-0), Maryanna Milchutsky (6-0, 6-0) and Stephanie Sher (6-3, 6-0) swept the singles matches to win it for Holmdel. That set the stage for the individual finals on Wednesday at the Inman Sports Club in Edison. Wu put her perfect 21-0 record on the line against Bernards‚ Lindsay Clark, who had defeated Milchutsky in the quarterfinals. Clark took the first set in a tiebreaker, marking the first time Wu dropped a set all year, and seemed poised for the upset. “Lindsay played very well in the first set and I was a little nervous at first and I got on the defensive,” Wu said. “I knew I had to change that so I tried to be more aggressive in the second set and that changed the momentum.” Wu won the second set, 6-2, but had to battle through cramps to get the job done. The cramping returned in the third set, but Wu recovered after an injury timeout to win 6-1. “I did my best to keep focused, and fortunately I stayed calm and got through it,” the sophomore standout said. “Jackie is incredibly focused,” Chelednik said. “She doesn’t let anything bother her.” Wu, an accomplished player who has won several United States Tennis Association tournaments, said that several of her teammates convinced her to play high school tennis this season. “They convinced me that it would be a lot of fun, but I never expected it would be this much fun,” Wu said. “It’s been a great experience. All of the girls on the team are very close and we really support each other.” The Hornets are indeed a solid team. Milchutsky, a sophomore, went 21-1 at second singles, with the lone loss coming against Clark. Sher, a junior, went 16-3 at third singles to give Holmdel a dynamic 1-2-3 punch at the top of the lineup. Not to be outdone, Rose Yan and Renee Lee are 16-4 at first doubles and reached the third round of the state doubles tourney. Jessica Liu and Arshia Chattergee are 16-1 at second doubles. “It’s been a great season and we’re kind of glad it’s not over yet,” Chelednik said.last_img

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