REGULAR SEASON ENDS

The 2014 regular season came to a close on Wednesday, May 7 when Greeley fell to rival Byram Hills in the Conference III final.

Although Greeley had beaten Byram 5-2 in the regular season, the Bobcats came ready to fight, and had a 4-0 win over the Quakers. Once they had won 4 courts, the match was called, and Byram declared the winner.

Next week commences the individual post-season in which the team’s top players compete to make it to States. So far, the following players have been selected:

Singles
Rex Glickman (Sr)
Zach Jayson (Sr)

Doubles
Harry Hall (Sr) & Alex Cogan (So)
Kevin Socolow (Sr) & Ben Fortier (So)
Jeremy Wei (Jr) & James Wei (Fr)

States will be held May 29–31 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

Best wishes to all of the players from Greeley.  Top^^
 

CONFERENCE III PLAYOFF (First round): GREELEY 7, BRIARCLIFF 0

Coming off a phenomenal win against Byram Hills (5-2) last week, Greeley went into the Conference III Playoff as the number one seed.

The boys began the playoff Monday, May 5 with home court advantage and dominated on every court.

Showing tremendous versatility, Matt Corso stepped into the third singles position, and played with passion. After a slow start, he was down 0-4, but fought back to win the set 7-5. By then he figured out his opponent and won the second set 6-2.

Next match Tuesday, May 6 at home versus Harrison at 4:00 pm.

First Singles
Jeremy Wei 8-1

Second Singles
James Wei 8-3

Third Singles
Matt Corso 7-5 6-2

First Doubles
Zach Jayson & Harry Hall 6-4 6-2

Second Doubles
Kevin Socolow & Ben Fortier 6-1 6-1

Third Doubles
Lucas Cacace & Ryan Quish 6-0 6-3

Fourth Doubles
Ben Ornstein & Gillon Gross 6-2 6-0  Top^^
 







SENIOR DAY
GREELEY 4, JOHN JAY (CROSS RIVER) 3

Monday was a day to acknowledge the Seniors on the team in their match against John Jay. With a roster of regulars and practice partners, the Quakers were still able to dominate their opponents. The four captains led the team: Rex Glickman, Harry Hall, Zach Jayson and Kevin Socolow.

In first doubles, Harry Hall played with Fayzan Chaudry who, in only his second match of the season, showed up with the confidence of a seasoned player. His killer serve and penetrating volleys put the opponents on the defensive.

Playing singles for the first time in his Varsity career, Kevin Socolow showed grit and perseverance in his third singles match. Skillfully alternating between topspin and slice, he moved his opponent around the court and had a very close match.

Also showing the depth of the Senior team, Ryan Quish and Lucas Cacace showed tremendous defensive skills in third doubles. Their nickname, “The Wall” blocked any hope of a win for John Jay. No matter where their opponents put the ball, they would either track it down or block it back, and force their opponents to make an error. They were the first team off the court.

Congratulations to everyone who played today.

First Singles
Rex Glickman 6-2 6-4

Second Singles
Zach Jayson 4-6 1-6

Third Singles
Kevin Socolow 4-6 4-6

First Doubles
Harry Hall & Fayzan Chaudry 6-3 6-3

Second Doubles
Zach Salzman & Jace Krakovitz 6-1 6-4

Third Doubles
Lucas Cacace & Ryan Quish 6-1 6-1

Fourth Doubles
Robert Hwang & David Shimer 3-6 6-3 0-1  Top^^
 

APRIL 21-24 REPORT

It was a big week for the boys team, playing four matches in four days against some of the toughest teams on their schedule. Although there were more losses than wins this week, it made each of the successes feel that much sweeter.

Without even a day to practice after Spring break, the team traveled to Poughkeepsie on Monday to take on the behemoth, Arlington. Losing 2-5, the team knew they had their work cut out for them the rest of the week.

Tuesday, they traveled to Rye, where they turned the tables and dominated the Garnets 5-2.

On Wednesday, they faced an old rival: Scarsdale. The matches for the most part started out strong with a quick win in third singles for freshman James Wei and a dominating game in second doubles by Captain Kevin Socolow and Sophomore Ben Fortier. This was the third win of the week for the Socolow/Fortier team, who have been playing smart, effective tennis. Most other courts were up a set, so the Quakers proceeded with confidence. However, the Scarsdale Raiders are an experienced tennis powerhouse and they used their wits to bring five of the courts to a third set. Scarsdale won four of the five. Matt Corso and Alex Cogan played with intensity in the third set tiebreak to take it 10-7.

An out of league match on Thursday against Horace Mann was a great challenge for the Quakers. Our sole winner was Captain Rex Glickman in first singles. In unseasonably chilly and windy conditions, Rex faced a Columbia-bound senior who came armed with weapons and experience. Rex played strong in the first set but was down a break and lost 3-6. The second set was another story. Leaning into his forehand, Rex pummeled the ball into the corners and put the lefty on the defensive. He took the second set 6-4. Now the momentum was on his side. Rex continued to crush the ball, and won the tiebreak 10-7. This was the only win of the day for the Quakers.

At Arlington 4/21
2-5 L

At Rye 4/22
6-1 W

Vs Scarsdale 4/23
3-4 L

Vs Horace Mann 4/24
1-6 L
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Greeley Varsity Tennis Captains and Coach Bennett Romney strategize over the weekend for a big week ahead against formidable opponents.
 
GREELEY 7, FOX LANE 0

This match began on Monday, with threatening skies, gusting winds, and the ever-so-slight hint of a shower. Mostly clad in warm-ups, the boys began and the drama unfolded.

First off the court was Rex Glickman, who made his match against a top player look easy. He was quickly followed by Kevin Socolow and Ben Fortier, who played together like a well-oiled machine.

Harry Hall and Justin Simpson were neck and neck with their opponents in the first set, and prevailed in a first set tiebreak. The second set was smooth sailing and they gave the team the third win.

Then the rain got serious and play had to be halted. “To be Continued”…and it was scheduled for today.

The highpoint of the match was the fabulous Wei brothers. Each had to pick up their singles matches mid-game. Jeremy was down a set, and serving to win the second. James had won the first set, but was down in the second. Two brothers…both had to play third set tie breaks to win. Side by side on the courts, both brothers showed focus, finesse, power and inimitable strategy to overcome their opponents and both came through with wins for the team.

Congratulations to everyone who played today and Monday.

First Singles
Rex Glickman 6-1 6-1

Second Singles
Jeremy Wei 3-6 7-5 1-0 (10-4)

Third Singles
James Wei 6-2 3-6 1-0 (10-6)

First Doubles
Justin Simpson & Harry Hall 7-6 6-4

Second Doubles
Kevin Socolow & Ben Fortier 6-1 6-3

Third Doubles
Jace Krakovitz & Zach Salzman 6-2 6-2

Fourth Doubles
Matt Corso & Alex Cogan 6-1 6-0  Top^^
 







GREELEY 6, BRIARCLIFF 1

Playing for the first time in Conference III, Briarcliff was not prepared for the force of the Quakers. The boys defeated their opponents on all but one court, and most courts were won by a wide margin.

Making their varsity debut today were Jake Klein and Ben Ornstein in third doubles, and Prakyat Pola and Henry Buckley in fourth. Jake and Ben played accurate, athletic tennis which showcased Jake’s speed, and Ben’s put-away volleys. Jake’s serve and Ben’s whipping forehands down the line earned many free points for this team.

Prakyat put his opponents on the defensive from the start with his skidding and spinning serve. Henry covered all corners of the court if their opponents managed to return the ball. Both players were consistent, and waited for the Bears to make the majority of the errors.

First Singles
Rex Glickman 6-2 6-0

Second Singles
Davis Kim 4-6 0-6

Third Singles
Gillon Gross 6-2 7-5

First Doubles
Harry Hall & Kevin Socolow 6-2 6-1

Second Doubles
Alex Kogan & Fayzan Chaudry 6-4 3-6 10-8

Third Doubles
Jake Klein & Ben Ornstein 6-3 6-2

Fourth Doubles
Prakyat Pola & Henry Buckley 6-0 6-1 Top^^
 

HORACE GREELEY
2014 BOYS VARSITY TENNIS

Gillon Gross 9
Davis Kim 9
Jeremy Krisberg 9
Erik Rauch 9
James Wei 9
Ben Fortier 10
Jake Klein 10
Alex Kogan 10
Zach Papell 10
Avatar J.Simpson 10
Alec Bluestine 11
Henry Buckley 11
Matt Corso 11
Cole Findling 11
Seth Gainsburg 11
John Goodnough 11
Kirill Omelich 11
Ben Ornstein 11
Prakyhat Pola 11
Zach Schoenfeld 11
Noah Truwit 11
Jeremy Wei 11
Ari Bennett 12
Lucas Cacace 12
Fayzan Chaudhry 12
Rex Glickman 12 (Captain)
Harry Hall 12 (Captain)
Robert Hwang 12
Zachary Jayson 12(Captain)
Alex Kaufman 12
Jace Krakovitz 12
Zach Salzman 12
Adam Shimer 12
David Shimer 12
Kevin Socolow 12 (Captain)
Ryan Quish 12
David Vlock 12
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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