Monroe facing tougher competition in Red Division tennis


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By Jimmy Allinder

Life was good for the Monroe Township High School boys’ tennis team, as it regularly finished atop the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC) standings.

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However, the Falcons were elevated to the Red Division this season and competition is tough — much tougher than in the past.

“We now have to play John P. Stevens [High School], East Brunswick [High School] and South Brunswick [High School], who are among the many teams in the division with outstanding programs,” coach Matt Olszewski said. “It has taken a lot of work to adapt to the added strength of our schedule, but the team has responded well.”

The Falcons are currently 6-3 overall and are behind the Hawks, Bears and Vikings in the division standings. In addition to being able to achieve a respectable record against stiffer competition, the lineup features just one senior. He is second singles Vishal Gumidyala who has a 5-3 record.

Junior Vikram Manisankar is 5-3 in the tough first singles spot, and sophomore Harshit Gupta is 5-1 at third singles. The sophomore finished fourth at the recently completed GMC Tournament.

In doubles competition, junior Dan Vudin and sophomore Nithin Rajesh have combined for a 5-1 record, and they too advanced to the GMC Tournament third-place match. The second doubles duo of junior Pranav Mallampalli and Sohan Madimsetty have also recorded a 5-1 record.

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