Hyde School: 3
Rocky Hill : 4
Hyde School took to the courts on Monday, April 9th at Rock Hill for their second match of the season. After losing to Williams 0-8 two days prior, the team was determined to prove their spot in the league. The match began with the three doubles teams alongside first singles.
Kevin Ge ’15 had his hands full at first singles going up against one of Rocky Hill’s youngest players. After going down 1-4, Ge changed his tactics and began playing to his opponent’s weaknesses. This adjustment brought the score to deuce on multiple games and earned him a second game before losing the set 2-8.
The three doubles teams had mixed luck for Hyde School. Playing first doubles was Aaron Cao ’16 and James Howard ’14. This was their second match ever playing together. Although the teams were quite evenly matched, Howard and Cao were only able to earn three wins as they dropped their set 3-8. At second doubles, Haden Daras ’16 and Virginia Garrity ’14 took charge of their match. Also only the second time playing on the same team, the two were able to defeat their opponents 8-5. The longest set of the match went to third doubles made of two gentlemen whose confidence is still building in the sport: Clement Hong ’16 and Dan Abramov ’15. They were trailing for the majority of the set but came back to force a tie breaker, which they lost 1-6.
Down 1-3 in the match overall, it came down to second, third, and fourth singles. At second singles, Evan Abate ’14 had no problem defeating his opponent and did not even give up a game. This 8-0 win was a great start to a well-anticipated season for Abate. At fourth singles, Richard Tang ’15 redeemed himself from his loss to Williams by playing smart and patient. Tang started his set slow and skittish to make a mistake but gained confidence as the match progressed. He eventually defeated his fourth dingles opponents from Rocky Hill, 8-3. The last win needed by each team was third singles. Liam Gorey ’15 stepped in for Hyde School at third singles. The rallies were long and the deuces were frequent. In the end, Gorey was defeated 3-8, which sealed the win for Rocky Hill.
Overall this was a promising match for Hyde School. The team is looking forward to earning their first win on Saturday when they travel to St. Andrew’s. With consistency and hard work, Hyde will continue improving this season and will be a force to be reckoned with down the stretch.