As she puts together a lineup for the start of the boys tennis season, Nancy McDonald has one big advantage over most of the coaches in the state:
The South Brunswick High School boys are a talented team with a lot of great options.
South Brunswick is coming off a year in which it went 18-2, won the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament and placed second in Central Jersey Group IV.
"We're holding challenge matches, so the 2012 lineup is still not set," McDonald noted. She did add the goals are still high.
South Brunswick wants to "compete for its fourth GMC team championship, win the sectional championship and compete in the Meet of Champions Tournament," McDonald said.
It has the talent to do all of those things. After all, South Brunswick
returns three GMC singles champions.
Dylan Karchere-Sun, just a sophomore, was 21-4 while playing first singles last season. He was 15-0 in the conference and won the GMC title. He also advanced to the third round of the State Singles Tournament.
Nikhil Roy, a senior who played second singles last season, was 23-1 in 2011. He won the GMC title. His lone loss was in the State Singles Tournament.
Rohan Bhatia, a senior who played third singles last season, was 25-1 in 2011. He won the GMC title. His lone loss was in the State Singles Tournament.
South Brunswick also returns a lot of talent in doubles. Jag Buddhavarapu, a senior, was 18-3 while playing at first doubles. He was also part of a GMC champion. Arun Chocklalingham, a senior, was 12-4 at second doubles. He was also part of a GMC champion.
Other doubles players include Subiksh Chandrashekar (senior), Vrishank Subramani (senior), Kooshul Jhaveri (sophomore), Larry Liu (sophomore), Surya Prabhakar (sophomore), Vivek Subramani (sophomore) and Prince Ghosh (freshman).
South Brunswick is also aided by experienced coaches. McDonald is entering her 16th season. John Lolli is entering his seventh as an assistant
South Brunswick will open the season with matches at St. Joseph on April 2 and JP Stevens on April 4.