Dan and Douglas Nover
BY ROBERT EIKEN
St. Francis Prep High School will lose two key players when graduation comes this June. In fact, they won’t even be together again next year.
One of them is trying very hard to continue to make it big one day in tennis, while the other is playing tennis for the fun of it, more for recreation.
Douglas Nover, a senior at St. Francis Prep, already committed to continue his education and tennis at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey. His twin brother Dan Nover has committed to St. John’s University, staying closer to home. Dan may try out for the tennis team as a walk-on once in college.
According to NCAA regulations, a student must commit by May 1. Right now their concern is to graduate and lead their high school to a team championship.
Last year, Fordham Prep defeated St. Francis Prep and won the team title of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association.
Now the Terriers want to take it back.
Last Monday in a dual team match, the Terriers turned back rivals Archbishop Molloy, 5-0, winning all three singles matches and two doubles ones.
Doug Nover had an easy match, and defeated Alex Rezhits of Molloy, 6-0, 6-0 at singles on a slightly windy afternoon at Alley Pond Park.
The key to the singles match was keeping his serves in play.
In doubles competition, Dan Nover teamed with Reno Cattabiani to defeat Molloy, 6-1, 6-1.
In his fourth year on the team, Doug Nover broke serve at the outset of the match, and had it easy the rest of the way.
Doug, who is ranked 266 in the East, is 4-0 in singles matches at press time, previously defeating Fordham Prep, Iona Prep and Molloy. He used to playing in tournaments, but now is focusing heavily on high school tennis.
As for college, Doug liked the campus at St. Peter’s and felt that he would fit right in. He credits his high school success to his high school coach John Brennan. Outside of high school he credits his success to Eric Rebhuhn and to some of his teammates.
“Brennan helped me develop, to become more calm, and be consistent,” Doug said.
He still has to work on all parts of his game, while getting ready for college.
“After this current season it’ll be different to split up from my brother,” he added.
The two brothers will have to adjust.
“The goal now is to win the regular season team title and do well in the Mayor’s Cup,” they said. “We’ll have to be consistent and have great concentration.”