By Richard Kozak ’17 and Zachary Chanmin ’17
Jostled by a tough start, the Boy’s Tennis Team is heading to the playoffs.
The big story of the year was Jonathan Glinsky ’19, the first singles player. Glinsky stepped into Midwood with no expectations of starting, but coach Victor Gjecaj moved him up to the top position on the team after seeing his potential. Glinsky took on his role as the top player and only freshman on the team without having any high school experience playing tennis. Glinsky ended the season with a record of an even six wins and six losses. This is significantly better than the entire team’s record of four wins and eight losses. He was also the only player on Midwood to achieve a victory in all meetings with Brooklyn Technical High school this season.
Third year starter Jacob Chernov ’17 began as a pressured doubles player his freshman year, but is now a stud in one of the most important positions on the team – second singles. Jacob is a veteran on the team playing his third year, and he has been rewarded with a career high of 11 games played so far.
“We have a strong team this year, and personally I think we have a good chance of making it far into the playoffs,” said Chernov’17 after the victory against Leon M. Goldstein.
Numerous players had to step up their game after several seniors left for college, leaving holes in the lineup. Despite this, long practices under the sun honed the skills the Hornets would need to compete. Wins were not easy, but Midwood has positioned itself to challenge the top team in the Brooklyn A division, the undefeated Brooklyn Tech.
Even though Midwood fell short to Brooklyn Tech in both of the meetings this season, they were still able to tie for third place in the Brooklyn A division. Many players advanced their level of play throughout this eventful season.
This year the team had a relatively low number of players so there was a lot of room for newer players to step up and prove themselves. Senior Jason Klinov ’16 was only playing his second season of high school tennis but played in 11 out of 12 meetings this year.
Klinov stated, “We had a lot of fun this season and I definitely made a lot of memories that I will have with me for the rest of my life.”
Philip Khoroshko ’17 said, “I can’t wait for another season on this team, next year I think we will have what it takes to make a run for the championship, especially if we get some fresh talent.”
PSAL seeding meetings on Thursday, May 12, 2016 revealed that Midwood has made the playoffs and will play Port Richmond.