Live from The National Tennis Center – Day 2 of Boys States


The day started with two entries from Section 2 still in the main draw.  Stefan Kuhar was 7th seed in the singles and he faced Vihar Shah of Herrick High School at 8:00.   Stefan lost his 2nd round match to Shah 6-1, 6-1.  Stefan, a senior at Albany Academy has made states every year since the Eight Grade (7th grade he played Modified).  “It’s nice to get seeded as a Senior- I was very happy.”  It was a bitter sweet experience.  “Strange that it’s the end of my high school tennis career.  It hasn’t sunk in yet, I am going to miss it.”   Tennis will still be in his plans.  When I asked him about his tennis career he told me “there were a lot of great memories and there is a lot more memories to make.”  He is going to Dartmouth next year and plans on playing Club tennis there.

The other Section 2 entry was the Guilderland doubles team of Eric Kopff and Austin Malerba.  Austim is another Senior so making states was a great way to cap his high school tennis career.  Eric and Austin also lost their match today by a score of 6-1, 6-2 to Alex Meyer and Matt Levine of Byram Hills.

In the consolation singles we had one win, one loss.  First, Bethlehem’s Rohin Bose took on Lancaster High’s Brian Chowaniec and won 6-0, 6-2.  Rob Schmitz (Scotia) ran up against another Northern Region player – Jake Crawford.  It was a good fight but Jake won 7-6, 6-2.  Rohin is a Junior, Rob is a Senior.  Rob is headed to St. Lawrence to play tennis there.

Section 2 also went 1-1 in the morning doubles.  Ned Feist and Jon Finn of Niskayuna lost to Sawyer Dina and Austin Bruno of Orchard Park.  Jon is a senior so this was his last chance to qualify for states.  Ned is the youngest player on this year’s team – he is a Sophomore.    Junior Nick Deluke & Nick Mashuta of Bethlehem msde states for the second year in a row.  The experience paid off with a 6-7(2), 7-5, 10-6 win in the consolation round.  They beat Dan Hackford and Mike Perry of Seton High School.

In the afternoon backdraw matches Rohin lost to Colin Nardella (CBA of Syracuse) by a score of 6-0, 6-2.  Mashuta/Deluke lost to Aaron Mevorach/Jordan Benjamin of Harley 6-0, 6-0.

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