Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

D-E Doubles Team Leads Way to Win

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

D-E Doubles Team Leads Way to Win

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ENGLEWOOD - Dwight-Englewood coach Joe Iwanski had just watched his second doubles team of Jason Yoon and Sumukh Sridhara crawl back from down 4-0 in the second set to 4-3 when he pulled them aside to talk.

"I asked Jason how many times we had found ourselves in this situation," Iwanski said. "He's a four-year starter, and I couldn't tell you how many times he got the clinching point in a big match. He just laughed."

And he then went on with Sridhara to complete the run of six straight wins for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Darius Chuback and Jared Diebe of Saddle River Day. The win clinched the second-seeded Bulldogs' 3-2 victory over the third-seeded Rebels in the semifinals of the North Non-Public B sectional tournament Wednesday while avenging an upset loss to the Rebels in last year's sectional semifinal.

Dwight-Englewood will face the winner of the match between top- seeded and defending champion Newark Academy and fourth-seeded Montclair-Kimberley in the sectional final Monday.

"Losing to them here was tough," Iwanski said, referring to the Bulldogs' only loss in three tries against their rivals last year. "And I used that to motivate them."

The Bulldogs came charging out of the gate quickly, getting a fast straight-sets win from David Shutov at third singles and opening-set wins at first and second doubles while freshman Nikhil Kokra gave the Rebels' Thomas Wright all he could handle in the first set at second singles.

But when Darius Chuback and Diebe took a 4-0 lead in the second set at second singles and Daniel and Thomas Wright started asserting control at first and second singles for the Rebels, it looked like the Bulldogs were in for a fight.

Zach Canelos and Martin Schecter got things back on the right track by completing a straight-set win at first doubles, and Yoon and Sridhara followed moments later by completing the second-set comeback for the clinching win.

"I have not seen my team play as focused this year as they did today," Iwanski said.

The development of Kokra, a freshman who just recently returned from a shoulder injury that cost him a couple of weeks, has been a key for the Bulldogs as that allowed Iwanski to extend the depth of his lineup. …

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