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Boys Tennis Conference Players of the Week for May 8

Each week, NJ Advance Media selects Players of the Week from each boys tennis conference, highlighting the best individual efforts across the state.

These specific selections are made from matches played and reported to between Wednesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 7.

All matches played today on May 8 count towards next week’s honors list.

The decisions are ours, but feel free to send your nominations to the email address below.


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Here are the newest boys tennis players of the week.

Burlington County Scholastic Conference

Nick Mennella and Edmund Smith, Florence

Mennella and Smith continued their solid seasons by winning two of three games to move to 6-1 this spring. The pair defeated Pemberton 6-0, 6-0, then defeated Northern Burlington in a super tiebreaker in comeback fashion, 3-6, 6-2, (10-7). The only defeat came to Collingswood in two competitive sets.

Great North Conference

Sam Fruitbine, Pascack Hills

Pascack Hills took a commanding lead in the Big North-Patriot thanks to Tuesday’s 4-1 win over River Dell. The Fruitbine senior advanced to first singles and earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Kyle Li. Fruitbine has won seven straight matches since losing a pair at the Lancer Showdown in the first week of the season. Fruitbine also had key wins this past week over Old Tappan’s John Oh, 6-3, 6-1, and Don Bosco Prep’s Mike Csipkay, 7-5, 6-2.

Cape Atlantic League

Danny Emmanuel, St. Augustine

Emmanuel helped St. Augustine take full control of the CAL-National by winning all three of its second singles matches this past week against Bridgeton, Absegami and Lower Cape May 6-0, 6-0. Emmanuel is now 12-3 on the season from this position.

Colonial Conference

Jamere Bonilla, Lindenwold

Bonilla had lost three games in a row last week, but he righted the ship by winning three in a row. At third singles, Bonilla defeated Palmyra’s Connor McCann in a super tiebreak, and Overbrook’s Gabe Martinez and Delran’s Jacob Charney in straight sets. Lindenwold is in second place with a match against Gateway in the Patriot division.

Colonial Valley Conference

Nirbaan Maken, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Maken was a First Team, All-Group 3 pick last year when he reached the third round of the state doubles tournament and won the first doubles flight at the Mercer County Tournament. But this season, Maken played one match in April, a win over Notre Dame in first doubles with Rishabh Shakdar, until May 3 when he and Rohit Datta topped West Windsor-Plainsboro North in second doubles, 6-4, 6-2 . Datta and Maken then took a hard-fought defeat to JP Stevens, where the super tiebreak ended at 18-16 after the duos split the first two sets. Maken is just getting his feet wet again and should be better once the postseason arrives.

Greater Middlesex Conference

Marcus Serrano, South Plainfield

Serrano has guided South Plainfield from its top spot in singles while leading the Tigers to the top spot in the GMC-Blue division at 5-0. South Plainfield is 11-2 overall and Serrano is 10-3 this year. He had a tough matchup against Bridgewater-Raritan in non-conference play, but did pick up wins against North Plainfield and second-place Piscataway.

Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League

Yash Khanna, St. Peters Preparation

Khanna won his second straight HCIAL Individual Tournament title at first singles this weekend. Khanna defeated Andres Hernandez of Memorial in the final 6-0, 6-3. Khanna has been following the Marauders all year, and now they are the top overall seed in the Hudson County Tournament.

New Jersey Athletics Conference

Logan Rauschenberger, West Morris

Rauschenberger won the first singles flight at the Morris Open Invitational Tournament last Friday. Rauschenberger’s win helped West Morris win the tournament, which is in its third year. Rauschenberger won each of his three matches 6-0, 6-1 and 8-2.

North Jersey Interscholastic Conference

Ben Horne, Glen Rock

Horne played a role in Glen Rock knocking Saddle River Day out of the undefeated bracket with his third singles win over Jack Magnus. In fact, Horne won all four of his matches this week, including against Mahwah’s Konral Pol, Gardield’s Hicham Bohsina and Bergen Catholic’s Joseph Nuzhny-Rybaloff, to move to 14-0 on the season.

Olympic Conference

Arjun Rabinowtiz, Moorestown

Rabinowitz has picked up steam by winning six of his last seven second singles matches. One of the wins this week came in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 over Cherokee’s Maxson Cabida. Moorestown won that match 3-2 as it remained in second place in the American division.

Super Essex Conference

Adrian Voca, Caldwell

At first singles this week, Voca won all three of his matches and four consecutive matches overall, including against Verona’s Michael Siclari, Bloomfield’s James Orosz and Belleville’s Dominick Cappelletti. Caldwell won Tuesday’s battle of division leaders against Belleville 5-0, and Voca headlined the game from the top spot in the lineup.

Coastal Conference

Patrick Buonacquista, Middletown North

Buonacquista led the way in Middletown North’s tight 3-2 victory over Point Pleasant Boro in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament on Tuesday. Buonacquista retired Teofil Rapach 6-0, 6-0 on first singles to advance the Lions. Buonacquista is 10-2 this season.

Skyland Conference

Phillipsburg’s starters

The Stateliners were one of the few teams without a win this season until they defeated Warren Hills 5-0 on the road Monday. Singles Cam Johnson, Jules Canlapan and Julio Gutierrez Teves, and doubles players Ayush Shroff/Adam Debaieb and Luke Johnson/Aaryan Shroff all won their individual matches.

Three-country conference

Ben Stengel and Mason Shimp

Woodstown defeated Cumberland to take sole possession of first place in the Diamond division at 5-0 (Cumberland is now 6-1), and Stengel and Shimp cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at first singles at the first doubles off Josiah. Jiminez and Angel Perez in the match. The tandem won five matches in a row and two in the past week, also defeating Triton.

Union County Conference

Anand Sahasrabudhe, Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Sahasrabudhe became Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s first singles champion at the Union County Tournament since the 2000s when he accomplished the feat last Friday. Sahasrabudhe defeated Westfield’s Eshaan Khera in the final round 6-2, 6-0 to conclude his three-day tournament series. Sahasrabudhe is also undefeated in team duels this season at 6-0.

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