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Tennis begins 4-3

The Northampton tennis team has been busy so far this season, already playing seven matches as of early this weekend.

Through those matches, the team is off to a solid, 4-3 start.

Head coach Daniele Bowman has been happy with the start, even pointing to a close loss.

“We had a real close matchup with Easton losing, 4-3,” Bowman said. “Although we lost in the match, singles players Dane Missmer and Joey Tomaro and the number-three doubles team of Chace Roland and Max Kochan contributed greatly by winning crucial points for the team.”

Bowman said the team has a bunch of juniors who should play big roles over the next two seasons.

“We have a diverse mix of athletes, including a few seniors, a significant junior class and one sophomore making up our lineup,” Bowman said.

First year player, junior Joey Tomaro, has been a nice addition to the lineup and is currently 5-2 at three singles, Bowman said.

“He is competitive and a hardworking player who never gives up, always playing until the final point,” Bowman said of Tomaro.

The NHS three-doubles team of sophomore Roland and junior Kochan are also 5-2 this season.

“They work together effectively by communicating well, understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and strategizing collaboratively during the match,” Bowman said. “These two complement each other’s skills and support each other on the court, working toward securing the victory at their spot.”

Two of the Kids three losses were to league powerhouses Parkland and Liberty, which should be competing for the league title. Having those matches in the rear view mirror have the boys eager to go for the rest of the season.

“The boys are now prepared and highly motivated to conquer the challenges awaiting in our conference,” Bowman said. “This week we take on Catholic schools week with Becahi and Central. I am confident the boys will put up a fight against these two schools. It’s going to be exciting to see how the season unfolds and how this team progresses in the coming weeks.”

The team recently knocked off Lehighton 3-2.

Missmer and Nick Reichel fell at one and two singles before Tomaro picked up a win at three.

Brett Bastian and Connor Retlick one at one doubles, dropping the first set 6-3 before rallying to win 6-1, 6-3.

Roland and Kochan were winners again this season, taking a 6-0, 6-0 match.