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Moorestown is tennis team of the year

It was upside down.

It was upside down.

Moorestown proved to be the best tennis team in South Jersey this season because of the strength of the base of its lineup: Third singles and both doubles.

But in the Group 3 state semifinals against West Windsor North, Moorestown won No. 1 and No. 2 singles and lost the match by a 3-2 score.

"It was the reverse of what we needed to do," Moorestown senior No. 3 singles Mike Bass said.

Still, that result was instructive: It showed the caliber of competition at the state level and also underscored Moorestown's depth and balance.

The Quakers went 28-4.

They did not lose to a South Jersey team.

They went 2-0 against South Jersey Group 4 champion Lenape.

They beat previously undefeated Ocean City in the South Jersey Group 3 final.

"Our team relied on its balance, winning a number of close matches with the bottom three points but at times winning key matches elsewhere as well," Moorestown coach Bill Kingston said.

That state semifinal was a good example.

The Quakers got victories from sophomore No. 1 Pierce Cooper, who finished with a 30-11 record, as well as senior No. 2 singles Brandon Greenwood, who finished 27-9.

Moorestown's strength was its balance.

Bass had a 28-6 record at No. 3 singles and won key matches in both victories over Lenape.

The first doubles team of senior Mike Schwartz and junior Matt Holzinger has a 30-3 record entering Tuesday's quarterfinal round of the state doubles tournament.

The second doubles team of senior Justin Wisniewski and junior Colin Groundwater finished with a 28-4 record.