The Middletown Cavaliers boys' tennis team played well, but came up short in a home match against Charter School of Wilmington Tuesday afternoon. The Force defeated the Cavaliers 5-0, the score indicative of how well Charter is playing right now.
The visiting team has won all five of their matches this season. Charter defeated Salesianum 3-2 on opening day in March, and have won the last four matches by the same 5-0 score.
"We won the Blue Hen Conference last year and we started winning near the end of the season and haven't lost since," said Charter coach Jeffery Rubin. "We are fortunate to have most of our team back from last season, so they have been playing together for several years, and we are playing at our peak this season," he added.
In the first singles match Kasi Muthu defeated junior Jason Mulderrig 6-0, 6-0. "Charter is a tough team and very competitive, yes, they are always competitive and a strong team," he said.
Mulderrig said this is his third year playing high school tennis, and it has become his favorite sport. "I played recreational tennis for several years, and I played baseball for a few years, and I made a smooth transition," he said.
Charter also swept the other two singles matches with David Crain defeating Brandon Ramierez in straight sets, and Zhiyuan Liu shutting out Shawn Riley 6-0, 6-0. Charter also swept the two doubles matches.
"We've been playing very well despite the cold weather conditions," said Charter junior Kasi Muthu, who started playing tennis in elementary school. "I'm still trying to pick up my game so I will be playing at my best at the end of the season," he said.