Sky’s the limit for a loaded Holmdel team

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer Holmdel’s Maryana Milchutsky moves down to second singles this year to make room for nationally ranked Jackie Wu, whose addition to the squad makes the Hornets the team to beat in the Shore Conference, and possibly the state. With a talented group of returnees and the addition of nationally ranked Jackie Wu, the Holmdel High School girls tennis team has its sights set on the state championship. With the devastating one-two punch of Wu and Maryana Milchutsky at first and second singles, respectively, the Hornets are off to a 3-0 start, having defeated Wall, Rumson-Fair Haven and Raritan. “We’ve set our goals very high,” coach Chuck Chelednik said. “We have a lot of experience, and two of the toughest first and second singles in the state.” Wu, a sophomore, is a top-notch all-around player who sat out last year to concentrate on U.S. Tennis Association tournaments. She boasts a strong, accurate service, excellent ground strokes and is very quick on the courts. She is 2-0 thus far. Milchutsky, another soph, is already 3-0 after going 17-3 at first singles last fall. Her long reach, persistence and ability to keep the ball in play frustrates opponents. Junior Stephanie Sher, who picked up 14 wins a year ago, holds down the third singles spot and is 2-1 in the early going. An accurate serve and consistent backhand are Sher’s calling cards. Chelednik split up his top doubles pair from last season, seniors Rose Yan and Jessica Liu who won 14 matches, in order to solidify both doubles teams. Yan is paired with senior Renee Lee, and they have combined for a 3-0 mark. Lie and junior Arshia Chattergee are 2-0 in the second slot. In addition, freshmen Jen Lee and Lisa Yan have earned a win at second doubles. Other members of the team include senior Debbie Chung, juniors Amanda Lee and Amanda Liu; sophomores Morgan Chen and Ling Hong; and freshmen Anne Chen and Stephanie Huang. Last year, the Hornets went 18-3 overall and tied Manasquan for the Shore Conference’s A Central crown. Holmdel also reached the semifinals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tournament before losing to West Morris. The Hornets were slated to host division-rival Manasquan on Monday and will be home this afternoon against St. John Vianney. While the Hornets are considered the team to beat in the Shore this fall, they will certainly be tested by their Class A Central rivals Manasquan. Manasquan also has several top players back from last year’s 18-3 squad, but may not have the depth to compete with Holmdel. Hornets feature state BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img

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