Phoenix Tennis Takes the Win vs Hyde-Woodstock

Hyde School  – Bath                    5
Hyde School  – Woodstock         2

On Saturday, April 18, the Hyde Phoenix traveled to Woodstock, Connecticut to play our sister school the Hyde Wolfpack in our first outdoor match of the season.

First Singles (win)

Burke Riley                       8

Kevin Ge                           6

Second Singles (win)

Carlos Sanchez                 8

Richard Tang                   2

Third Singles (loss)

Henry Tao                      5

Aaron Cao                      8

Fourth Singles (win)

Chris Lutts                    8

Clement Hong              2

First Doubles (loss)

Duncan O’Rourke & Frederick Zaegel               1

George Sawchuck & Thomas Schilling                8

Second Doubles (win)

Dow Drukker & Oliver Wang        8

Allegra Weterrings & King Jin       6

Third Doubles (win)

Cooper Platt & Shawn Shao   8

Simon Gong & Cameron Yale   4

Highlights:

Burke Riley `15 struggled to find his form, but still managed to hold off a strong challenge from a hard-serving opponent. This was a good gut check for Burke who now knows what he has to work on to play up to his potential moving forward.  Carlos Sanchez `15 stepped in at #2 for Ben Mooney `16 who was at the Neuqua Knockout, an ultimate Frisbee tournament in Naperville, IL, where he and his team, the New England powerhouse “Black Ice,” reached the semifinals. Happily, Carlos was able to rally from an uncomfortable bout with a stomach bug to play his best tennis of the year. Ever steady, Carlos adjusted to the wind well, frustrating his opponent with practically error free play.

]Henry Tao `18 started slowly at #3, digging a hole for himself from which he was not able to escape. After getting down early, however, and expressing concern that his opponent was too good for him, Henry matched him game for game down the stretch. While this was not good enough for a win, Henry showed a toughness that he can build on in future matches. Chris Lutts `15 was justifiably proud to win his first match ever at #4 singles. Chris played smart tennis, keeping the ball in play and working his opponent’s suspect backhand relentlessly, dominating on his way to a decisive victory.

Duncan O’Rourke `16 and Frederick Zaegel `16 were unfortunate to draw Woodstock’s undefeated #1 doubles team, the “Austrian Buzzsaw” of Schilling and Sawchuck. It was an educational opportunity for Duncan and Frederick to face a couple of doubles specialists at their best. The lessons from this match abound, and will be incorporated into our practices immediately. Dow Drukker `15 and Oliver Wang `17 had their work cut out for them at #2, as they faced another Woodstock team that was obviously very experienced and comfortable playing with each other. After going ahead early, Dow and Oliver seemed to lose their concentration, and the match drew even. Regrouping as one of their opponents took an injury time-out, Dow and Oliver returned to form and closed out an impressive victory. Best of all, the Bath boys earned the praise of their opponents, as well as the Woodstock fans for their excellent sportsmanship for their accommodation of the Woodstock player’s injury. Cooper Platt `15 and Shawn Shao `16 played solid tennis throughout their victory at #3 doubles. Although the two had only limited opportunities to practice together, they complemented each other beautifully as they cruised to a comfortable win.

This was a terrific day for Hyde tennis! Both Bath and Woodstock showed impressive mental toughness, competitive spirit and good sportsmanship. Every player came away with a better understanding of areas of their game that need work before their next matches. For the Phoenix, this will be on April 25th, the Saturday of Spring Family Weekend, versus Gould Academy at home.