From Press staff reports
The Atlantic City High School boys tennis team swept Absegami 5-0 Thursday to clinch its first Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title since 2008.
The Vikings, the No. 4 team in The Press Elite 11, won in straight sets at all five positions.
First-singles player Matt Monroe won his third conference title as a high school player. The transfer from St. Augustine Prep won the CAL National Conference title his freshman and sophomore year.
"It feels great," Monroe said by phone Thursday. "Winning two different conferences in high school is pretty good and I'm glad I could come in and help A.C. win it. I wish we could have gotten the (sectional) championship, but we still got really far and I'm happy. Everyone plays so hard on the team. Even when we're losing we usually find a way to come back. The transfer has been a good choice."
Atlantic City's conference record improved to 14-1, with its only loss coming to Mainland Regional in the beginning of the season. Vineland, the conference runner-up, is 14-2. The Vikings, who play their last match at St. Augustine Prep today, own the tiebreak if an upset occurs.
Singles-Matt Monroe d. Ben Tiger 6-0, 6-0; Brian Gallagher d. Anthony Chong 6-0, 6-1; Dan Thieberger d. Tommy Evans 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles-Jason Huberman-Taimoor Hussain d. Danny Pham-Jackie Chang 6-2, 6-0; Ben Thieberger-Jesse Weiner d. Patrick Dinh-Andrew Gabros 6-3, 6-0.
Records -A.C. 19-2, 2-17.