WINS SECTION ONE CHAMPIONSHIP
Semi-final vs Clarkstown North W 5-1
Final vs Mamaroneck W 4-3
This year, for the first time, a playoff was held to
determine a team champion of Section One Boys Tennis.
Beginning two weeks ago, and culminating with Greeley
beating top-seeded Byram Hills, the Quakers won the
right to represent Conference III in the finals. Four
teams made it to the championship: Clarkstown North,
Arlington, Mamaroneck and Greeley.
Play began at White Plains High School as a best of
seven courts: three singles and four doubles. In the
first round, Mamaroneck beat Arlington 5-0 and Greeley
bested Clarkstown North 5-1. After a short break, with
the skies turning cloudy, the final began.
First off the court was Junior Rex Glickman, who
demolished his second singles opponent 6-0, 6-0. The
next two courts were losses for Greeley: First doubles,
played by Senior Gavin Abrams, and Junior Harry Hall
lost 6-2, 6-3. Second doubles, played by Senior Jeremy
Warner and Junior Zach Jayson was another loss for
Greeley, now down 1-2.
The fans moved to watch third doubles, played by Senior
Josh Bluestine and Junior Kevin Socolow. After getting
off to a slow start, and losing the first set, they
found their rhythm and exploited their opponents’
weaknesses. They won the second set 7-5. In the third
set, they owned the court. They set each other up to
finish the points with crisp volleys, and blasting,
angled overheads. They won the tiebreak 10-3 and the
score between the two schools was tied at 2-2.
Elon-bound Senior Neil Port was slugging it out in first
singles. After handily winning the first set 6-3, his
opponent took a highly aggressive strategy and forced
some errors from Neil. At this point, the rain was
starting, courts were getting slippery, umbrellas were
opening, and Neil lost the second set. The third set
could have gone either way, but yesterday favored
Mamaroneck. Now Greeley was down 2-3, and play was
With two courts still undecided, the tournament official
announced he was able to get courts at Solaris
Hawthorne. The entire group of teammates and devoted
fans relocated indoors. With spectators on one court in
the middle, the fans were able to watch the conclusion
of third singles on one side, and fourth doubles on the
Sophmore Jeremy Wei, playing third singles, was already
up a set and 2-1 in the second set. To watch Jeremy is
to watch poetry in motion. He is relaxed, graceful, and
alternatively powerful and crafty. He quickly figured
out his opponent’s whipping forehand, and hardly gave
him a chance to use it again. Jeremy’s defense is as
impressive as his offense: he is able to absorb a
crushing shot and return it in a way that the opponent
can’t give it to him again. He won 6-4, 6-2 which meant
the match was tied once again.
All eyes turned to fourth doubles. Juniors Ryan Quish
and Lucas Cacace were already up a set and 3-1 when they
resumed play at Solaris. But every tennis player knows,
you can lose a match at any time, so nothing was in the
bag. Ryan and Lucas are not nicknamed “The Wall” for
nothing: their teammates gave them this name because of
their extraordinary consistency. Playing against them is
like hitting against a wall and Lucas and Ryan lived up
to their name. No double faults, no missed returns and
great hands at the net earned them a decisive win of
With this win, the team earned the first Section One
Team trophy in the history of Greeley Boys Tennis. It
was a great day for Greeley athletics.
GREELEY 4, BYRAM
HILLS 3 |
Wins Conference III Championship
For the first
time in Section I history, there is a team playoff in
Starting last week, the Quakers have left their
opponents speechless defeating Blind Brook 7-0 and Fox
Lane 6-1. The final for the Conference III championship
was held May 13 at number one seeded Byram Hills, who
had beat Greeley in the regular season 5-2. They came to
the match ready to wave their victory flags, but they
could not get past the Quakers.
Several of the matches were decided definitively:
Greeley took second and third singles, while Byram took
first, second and third doubles. Greeley was confident
that the remaining singles player, the undefeated Neal
Port, would get the job done. What Byram did not expect
was to meet “The Wall” in fourth doubles. That’s what
the duo of Lucas Cacace and Ryan Quish are known as by
their teammates because they get EVERYTHING back…like a
Things were looking good in the first set and they
were ahead. Their opponents cut down on their errors and
tied it up 6-6 to force a tiebreak. Lucas and Ryan
stayed strong and steady and won the tiebreak. The
second set was a bit more challenging, and Byram pulled
it out. It all came down to the final set, played as a
10-point tiebreak. Both teams were watching, because
with Neal dominating in singles, everyone knew that this
was going to be the deciding match. The score started
out fairly close. Then the Byram boys began finding
their mojo and hitting low shots at Ryan and Lucas’
feet. Byram brought the score to 9-6. With only one
point away from losing, Ryan and Lucas were fearless:
they never gave up. They kept playing their game and
they embodied “The Wall”. They got every shot back. They
tied the score at 9-9, and went on to win the tiebreak
11-9. The Greeley fans were going wild.
Greeley moves on to play the other Conference winners
on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00. Location to be announced.
SCARSDALE 4, GREELEY
Greeley lost in a heartbreaker match today to Scarsdale,
when it came down to one deciding court.
players were all victorious: Rex Glickman and Jeremy Wei
sailed through their matches, finishing off their
opponents by dropping only a handful of games between
Neal Port, in first singles, played a smooth first
set, but was challenged in the second set. With the team
cheering from the bleachers, Neal dug deep, and punished
the ball even harder, forcing errors and winning the
second set 7-5.
The doubles players had a tougher time. Two Greeley
courts came terrifically close to securing the team win.
In third doubles, Kevin Socolow and Josh Bluestine
played with an artful combination of power and finesse.
Kevin’s lefty serve, followed by Josh’s leaping
overhead, made for an exciting match, which was lost by
only a few points. Players from both teams were
applauding the exciting points.
Fourth doubles players Ryan Quish and Lucas Cacace
brought consistency and communication to the court. They
tracked down every ball, and covered all corners of the
court to make their opponents earn every point. Greeley
was leading during most of the first set, when Scarsdale
clawed their way to a tiebreak. Unfortunately, the
tiebreak went to Scarsdale, as well as the second set.
Congratulations to all the players on the court today.
The next match is tomorrow at Blind Brook at 4:15 PM.
Neal Port – 6-3, 7-5
Rex Glickman – 6-3, 6-2
Jeremy Wei – 6-0, 6-1
Harry Hall & Gavin Abrams – 2-6, 3-6
Zach Jayson & Ben Fortier – 6-7 (4), 1-6
Kevin Socolow & Josh Bluestine – 6-7, 5-7
Ryan Quish & Lucas Cacace – 6-7(1), 3-6
GREELEY 5, RYE 2 |
Greeley did it again and beat a team that did not
graduate a single senior in 2012. Rye came back with
more experience, but not enough moxie, to defeat the
The most exciting match of the day was third singles,
when Junior Zach Jayson fought back from a set down to
win the tiebreak 10-8. The first set was dominated by
his opponent, but Zach found his zone and won the second
set 6-2. The tiebreak was a nailbiter...matching point
to point. An error by his opponent gave Zach a chance to
capitalize, and he stayed focused to pull out the win.
Senior Jeremy Warner and Freshman Justin Simpson
dominated in fourth doubles. The consistency and quick
hands at the net were too tricky for their opponents and
they won 6-4, 6-2.
Congratulations to all the players on the court today.
Rex Glickman – 7-5, 2-6, 4-10
Jeremy Wei – 6-1, 6-1
Zach Jayson -- 2-6, 6-2, 10-8
Gavin Abrams & Harry Hall -- 6-7, 5-7
Kevin Socolow & Josh Bluestine – 6-4, 6-3
Matt Corso & Ben Fortier – 6-2, 7-6
Jeremy Warner & Justin Simpson – 6-4, 6-2
GREELEY 4, BLIND
BROOK 0 |
With Senior Musical behind them,
Greeley was indeed, “Footloose”. Senior Neal Port made
his 2013 debut in first singles, and was firmly in
control of his match from start to finish. His
laser-speed serve and accurately placed groundies proved
too powerful for his opponent. He cruised through his
match to win 6-0, 6-1.
Also playing his first match of the season, Senior Gavin
Abrams joined Junior Harry Hall in first doubles. Tied
at 2-2 in the first set, it looked like it would be a
close match. But Gavin’s kick serve, followed by Harry’s
unreturnable poaches, put that match to bed at 6-2, 6-0.
Unfortunately, the cloudy skies turned to rain, and the
match had to be called due to weather. The team was all
rooting for Senior Max Behren, who stepped up to play
third singles when one of the Greeley players was sick.
Max, who normally is in the doubles rotation, was there
to give it his best. The first set could not have been
closer: He lost it in a tiebreak 7-6. Although down in
the second set, Max was beginning to turn things around,
when the weather sent everyone home.
Well done by all Quakers on the court today.
Neal Port -- 6-1, 6-0
Jeremy Wei -- 6-0, 5-1 (called due to rain)
Max Behren – 6-7, 0-2 (called)
Gavin Abrams & Harry Hall – 6-2, 6-0
Zach Jayson & Ben Fortier – 6-0, 6-1
Kevin Socolow & Josh Bluestein – 6-0, 6-2
Ian Sklar & Jace Krakovitz – 2-6, 1-2
GREELEY 6, HARRISON 1 |
With the Senior Musical just days away, Greeley had to
face Harrison with a limited Senior lineup. That did not
slow down the Quakers.
Freshman Ben Fortier played with Senior Aaron Blacker
in second doubles, and it was a powerful partnership.
They were consistent, hard-hitting, and played a strong
defense. They made their win look easy.
Sophmore Matt Corso partnered with Freshman Justin
Simpson in third doubles, and were effective at keeping
their balls low at the opponents’ feet. They forced the
errors and came out as winners.
Today’s grittiest match was played by Junior Zach
Jayson, who went stroke by stroke hitting winners in the
corner, drop shots and loops. Close to two hours later,
he emerged the victor.
Clearly, the team is deep in talent this season.
Congratulations to everyone who played today.
Rex Glickman -- 6-1, 6-0
Zach Jayson -- 7-6, 6-4
Jace Krakovitz -- 4-6, 0-6
Harry Hall & Kevin Socolow -- 6-2, 6-4
Aaron Blacker & Ben Fortier -- 6-1, 6-3
Matt Corso & Justin Simpson -- 6-0, 6-2
David Vlock & David Shimer – 7-6(4), 10-6 (match
shortened by time)
5, JOHN JAY CROSS RIVER 2 |
Beautiful blue skies
and a steady breeze set the ideal backdrop for Greeley’s
first regular season match played at home against John
Jay CR. It was a true team effort in which several
courts had to battle through third sets to bring home
the team win.
In first singles, Rex Glickman had a dogfight against a
strong opponent. After winning the first set 7-5, he
dropped the second set, but stayed strong to win the
ten-point tiebreak 10-8 to win the match.
Making his singles debut, senior Jake Papell would not
let his opponent win. His patience outlasted his
adversary’s, and although he lost the second set, he
refocused and won the tiebreak 10-6
Congratulations to all the players on the court:
Rex Glickman 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (8)
Zach Jayson 0-6, 4-6
Jake Papell 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (6)
Harry Hall & Kevin Socolow 6-4, 6-0
Josh Bluestein & Jace Krakovitz 6-3, 7-5
Ben Fortier & Matt Corso 6-2, 6-3
Robert Huang & Fayzan Chaudhry 6-7, 5-7 Top^^
GREELEY 4, CARDOZO 3 |
First singles player
junior Rex Glickman showed his might with a strong serve
and return, winning 6-4, 6-3. First doubles team Harry
Hall and Kevin Socolow scored big and pulled out a great
win. The team played well, fighting some tough
Zach Jayson, a junior playing second singles, fought
hard with a powerful serve against a strong opponent.
Freshman Justin Simpson played third singles and has a
bright future on the team. Freshman Zach Papell and
Sophomore Noah Truwit played a valiant doubles match,
losing in a close third set tie-break. The next match is
at home on Tuesday, April 9 against John Jay Cross
2013 BOYS VARSITY TENNIS
Ben Fortier 9
Zach Papell 9
Avatar J. Simpson 9
Matt Corso 10
Noah Truwit 10
Jeremy Wei 10
Lucas Cacace 11
Fayzan Chaudhry 11
Rex Glickman 11
Harry Hall 11
Robert Hwang 11
Zach Jayson 11
Jace Krakovitz 11
David Shimer 11
Kevin Socolow 11
Ryan Quish 11
David Vlock 11
Gavin Abrams 12 (Captain)
Max Behren 12
Aaron Blacker 12
Josh Bluestine 11
Jake Papell 12
Neal Port 12 (Captain)
Ian Sklar 12
Jeremy Warner 12
2013 BOYS JV B TENNIS
Coach: Bobby Herodes