Everyone wants to knock off Josh Marchalik, but it hasn’t happened yet.
After going undefeated and winning the singles state title last season, the East Brunswick senior picked up his third straight Greater Middlesex County Tournament title on Monday by downing J.P. Stevens’ Vishal Walia, 6-1, 7-5.
“Josh walks on the court expecting to win and I think that in doing so, his mental game is so strong and he never doubts his ability on-court,” East Brunswick head coach Allison Clay said. “He knows what he’s capable of and just having that true understanding of himself as a player has separated him amongst his peers.”
After a relatively simple first set, Marchalik was tested in the second set, but finished out the win with a match-sealing ace.
“I think that was just very telling of the type of player he is and what his high school tennis career has amounted to,” Clay said.
While East Brunswick got the best of J.P. Stevens at first singles, the reverse was true at second singles, third singles and first doubles. As a result, the Hawks picked up their fourth straight team title with 46 points.
East Brunswick (40) and South Brunswick (30) rounded out the top three.
First singles: 1-Josh Marchalik (East Brunswick) def. 2-Vishal Walia (J.P. Stevens), 6-1, 7-5
Second singles: 1-Gokul Murugesan (J.P. Stevens) def. 2-Abhinav Bhamidipati (East Brunswick), 6-0, 6-3
Third singles: 1-Alex Telson (J.P. Stevens) def. 2-Vikas Dalal (East Brunswick) 6-2, 6-4
First doubles: 1-Gouttham Chandrasekar and Arjun Krishnan (J.P. Stevens) def. Harold Trakhman and Akshay Malavade (East Brunswick) 6-1, 6-3
Second doubles: 3-Anuj Patel and Anirudh Suresh (South Brunswick) def. Tarush Aneja and Nihar Prabhala (J.P. Stevens) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
1) J.P. Stevens – 46
2) East Brunswick – 40
3) South Brunswick – 30
4) Monroe – 13
5) Highland Park – 12
6) Wardlaw-Hartridge 11