Glen Rock High School boys tennis coach Bonnie Zimmermann has eight players back from last season’s 13-5 team, including three starters from the group that repeated as NJIC Colonial Division champion with an 11-1 record and placed third in the Bergen County tournament.
Junior Marino Aldaz, an All-Colonial first-team selection the past two years, returns at first singles.
Senior Brian Lee and junior James Hollenstein were all-division at second doubles a year ago. Lee is playing at third singles and Hollenstein at second singles this spring.
Aldaz saw limited action last year due to a chronic wrist injury and Lee moved to third singles in his absence.
Senior Quinn McHugh and junior Jesse Weiss form the second doubles duo and juniors Erik Domilja and Coehl Gleckner team at first doubles.
“This group is extremely talented and there will be challenges in all positions,” Zimmermann said.
She said junior Itay Kazaz will see a lot of doubles action. There are several other players in the mix. Seniors Ryan Byrne and Sasha Frangulov, juniors Eric Cosgrove and Josh Stein and freshman Eddie Corvelli are all bidding for spots.
Zimmermann said 31 boys turned out for the team and no one was cut. “The varsity and JV have a lot of talent,” she said. “It’s great for the program. We have a very talented junior class and everyone’s going to contribute.”
The Panthers opened the season with a 5-0 win over Eastern Christian and opened a four-match week Monday by edging Rutherford, 3-2. “This week will test us,” the coach said.
Glen Rock is classified as Group 1 by the state this season, but Zimmermann said there still will be stiff competition. She feels Leonia, Pascack Hills and Mountain Lakes are three schools that have strong teams.
Although the Panthers had a winning season a year ago, there was disappointment at the wind-up. Two starters were ill and one injured in the 3-2 loss to Kinnelon in the North 1, Group 2 state tournament.
Zimmermann was the NJIC Colonial Division Coach of the Year last season.
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