Win for Phoenix Tennis vs Berwick

Hyde School          3

Berwick Academy  2

Berwick Academy traveled to Bath on Friday, April 8 to continue our rivalry in the Joseph Gauld Athletic Center.

First Singles (win)

                Connor Gray          6              6

                Matt Richards            0              0

Second Singles (win)

                Michael Siben        6              6

Ryan Gruss                 0              0

Third Singles (win)

                John Westmoreland    6             6

                Jack Byers                             2             3

First Doubles (loss)

                Mark Chen & Tony Fu                               3         3

                Zach Greenspan & Toby Larkin     6         6

Second Doubles (loss)

Se Jun Kim & Shawn Shao                               0            1

                Mahesh Agarwal & Nikhil Agarwal     6            6


Connor Gray ’17 continued his strong start to the season, easily dispatching the best Berwick had to offer. Connor showed real poise, biding his time until his opponent offered him an opportunity to attack, and then responding calmly but decisively. Playing at #2, Michael Siben ’17 played some of his best tennis of the young season. Michael was strong off of both sides, and played smart, defending when necessary, and attacking when given the opportunity. John Westmoreland ’17 battled himself as much as his opponent in this match, sometimes struggling to settle into a comfortable rhythm. To his credit, he persevered, found a way to win the important points, and games, and emerged with a victory against the player who had won our match against Berwick last year.

Berwick fielded a strong #1 doubles team to oppose Mark Chen ’18 and Tony Fu ’19, who was filling in for the ill Lucas McCabe ’18. Mark and Tony brought their usual high energy to the contest, but on this day the competition was just too tough. With their aggressive net play Mark and Tony challenged their opponents to make shots, and make shots they did! Berwick’s team put on an impressive display from which I’m sure Mark and Tony will learn. Se Jun Kim ’18 and Shawn Shao ’16 struggled to contend with an unusually strong team at #2 doubles. After a lackluster first set, Se Jun and Shawn stepped up their game dramatically in the second set. As they stopped worrying about the score, and started focusing on the ball, their mood lightened, and their play improved. The second set included many deuce games, and was more competitive than the score indicated. A very encouraging match in spite of the loss.

Coach Smith and I are pleased with the way the team is starting to come together. We have a lot more work to do to realize our full potential, but we are on our way. Our next match will be Wednesday, April 13th at Hebron Academy.

Coach Weymar