by Josh Pomper on Friday, May 4th, 2012
Compared to most years, when the team has been regarded as an ISL powerhouse, the Boys Varsity Tennis Team has had a rough start to the year. Compared to second place finishes in the ISL the past two years, the team has been ranking much lower this season. The Boys’ team is 5-4 in the ISL and 5-5 overall, with an out-of-league loss to Dexter. Though starting off a little inconsistent, the team seems to have improved their act this last week.
When asked to give his thoughts on this year’s tennis season, Captain Matt Lebovitz (I) commented, “The team had a rough start to the season but has really turned things around lately.”
This past Wednesday and Saturday, the Boys team dominated Thayer and Lawrence, winning both matches 15-0. The Lawrence win was achieved in spite of the absence of their aforementioned captain and their number four singles player, Alex Leighton (IV). With these two landslide victories, it appears that the team is on track to finish the season on a high note.
However, this past Wednesday, the squad faced the top team in the league, Roxbury Latin, hoping to pull off the near impossible upset. After the doubles, the boys were only down 2-1; Chris Mcdonough (III) and Henry Ardnt (I) played their best tennis of the season to pull out the win. Still, the team could not carry the momentum into the singles, with each member of the top six losing in tightly contested sets. The final score of the match was 14-1.
This Saturday, the team travels to Governor’s in hopes of gaining a much needed victory. With a solid combination of veteran players and young talent, hopefully the boys can finish strong as they near the end of the season.
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