GSB Boys’ Tennis captured the Skyland Conference Mountain Division title with an overall record of 10-5.
Under the tutelage of Coach Chris Walsh, the Knights had an outstanding season that included key wins against talented teams such as Voorhees and Wardlaw-Hartridge in the NJSIAA Non-Public B State Quarterfinals. With grit and perseverance, the team advanced to the semifinal round of the NJSIAA Non-Public B State Tournament before ultimately falling to #1 seed and perennial powerhouse Newark Academy.
“I am very happy and encouraged with the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm that the boys exhibited throughout the season,” commented Coach Walsh. “They worked very hard from preseason in March throughout the completion of the season.”
The Knights were led by sophomore Jack Dahler at 1st Singles and junior Travis Xue at 2nd Singles who earned 11 wins and 7 wins against some of the top competition in the state, respectively. Senior David Isserow dominated 3rd Singles with a record of 11-4, including seven matches that lasted 3 sets against no 3 set losses. At 1st Doubles, Sophomore Matthew Segal and Junior Akshay Patel finished with a 7-4 record including a 3-set loss against a very talented Pennington Team in the Prep "B" Tournament in a match that lasted nearly 3 hours. At 2nd Doubles, sophomores Drew Pereira and Bennett Lavoie posted a 9-5 record and developed an excellent chemistry together throughout the season. Other players that competed on the Varsity level as well as the J.V. level were sophomores Peter Frantz-Pendell and Lex Webber, Junior Tyler Tellalian and Freshman Justin Lee.
Coach Walsh believes that each player demonstrated excellent effort and continued to improve throughout the season with the support of assistant coach Don Callahan and GSB families, such as team parents Katie Dahler and Susanna Webber.
“I really was excited with the effort and commitment from Day 1,” said Coach Walsh. “The boys had excellent team speed and won many points by their hustle alone. Our Captain, David Isserow, was an exceptional leader throughout the season. He served as an outstanding role model and the entire team was a pleasure to coach.”
“With a very young squad with two juniors and four sophomores in the starting line-up, I am very excited about the future of Gill St. Bernard's Boys’ Tennis. In addition to the Varsity players, we have a solid nucleus of J.V. players that we are very excited about!”