Stafford Leader

Dunwoody Brothers Enhance Southern’s Boys Tennis Team

Apr 11, 2019

Southern Regional High School boys tennis coach Evan Brosniak was psyched going into the 2018 season because his squad was built around a core group of returnees with experience.

It turned out that Brosniak’s optimism was warranted. His team, which had gone 7-11 in 2017, racked up a 16-5 record in 2018.

Brosniak, now in his 10th year as head coach for the Rams, is lucky enough to have some key returners starting in 2019 as well.

Yes, he lost his first singles entry, Tommy Franks, to graduation. That’s a big loss, because Franks filled the team’s first singles slot for three years. But junior Eloin Dunwoody is back after a season playing at second singles. Dunwoody has now moved up to first singles, and so far this season has held his own, going 2-2 in the first two weeks of play. He won convincingly – 6-0, 6-0 – against Brick Township and almost as easily – 6-3, 6-2 – against Brick Memorial. Dunwoody was a handful against Donovan Catholic’s Luke Martin even though he finally fell 4-6, 7-6, 6-7 (10-12). Sure, he lost decisively – 0-6, 1-6 – against Toms River North’s Ethan Liou, but there’s no shame in that, considering Liou took the second singles crown in last year’s Ocean County Tournament, helping lead the Mariners to the team title while the Rams finished second.

Eloin’s brother Joseph, a senior, was part of Southern’s first doubles duo in 2018. This year he’s moved up to third singles and, so far, has thrived. Joseph lost only two games in his first three matches before running into Toms River North’s Aryan Kumar, falling 6-7 (5-7), 3-6. Go ahead, curse TRN under your breath, considering the Mariners shut out the Rams, 5-0.

Brosniak slotted a sophomore, Logan Van Liew, into the second singles position. Van Liew has responded with solid play, going 2-2. He has also shown fortitude. Van Liew lost the first set, 3-6, when he played Donovan Catholic’s Carson Barry. He rebounded to take the second, 6-4, and then fought to a 7-6 win in the deciding set.

Brosniak picked two seniors, Jake Henderson and Dan Sullivan, to represent Southern at first doubles. That selection has worked out just fine, with the tandem going 3-1.

Juniors are filling second doubles just as well. Chris Marinelli and Matt Terhune haven’t let their coach down, going 3-1.

—Rick Mellerup

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