Fair Lawn is tied for the points lead after the first day of the Bergen County Boys Tennis tournament, but the team is in a more precarious situation than its coach had anticipated.
The Cutters' three singles players all won twice to advance to the semifinals, but both of the school's doubles teams were knocked out in the quarters, coach Matthew Markman said.
Markman said he hadn't counted on a quarterfinals win from first doubles, which had been seeded eighth, but called the loss of his No. 2-seeded second doubles team an upset.
"We made way too many errors and gave away too many free points," he said of second doubles' loss to Old Tappan.
The squad can still win the county tournament on points if the three remaining singles players excel in the semifinals and finals, but it won't be easy.
"We have a decent shot to win it, but we really have to play well," Markman said. "If I had that extra point or two from second doubles we would be in a much more comfortable position."
The tournament was originally scheduled to conclude on Sunday, but after losing Saturday to rain, the semifinals and finals will now be held next weekend.
Fair Lawn and Demarest are currently tied for first with eight points apiece.
Heading into the tournament, Fair Lawn's lineup was as follows:
3rd seed — Freddie Zaretsky (Soph.)
1st seed —Mike Abelev (Jr.)
2nd seed — Willen Feygin (Jr.)
8th seed — Ross Childs (Jr.) and John Horowitz (Jr.)
2nd seed — Mark Persky (Jr.) and Sam Altschuler (Fr.)