Finishing the preseason with a record of 3-5, the varsity boys’ tennis team has been advancing through the Almont League matches with a record of 0-2. To prepare for the upcoming Almont League Finals and hopefully the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) preliminaries, the boys hold practice daily in the tennis courts to focus on areas of weaknesses and enhance current strengths.
“[Our goals are] to produce wins [for the team] and be contenders in [Almont] League, especially leading up to league finals. That’s when it’s time to show how we have progressed during season and progressed as individuals,” senior singles player Arie Quintanilla.
According to junior doubles player Brendan Poon, the team has grown since the start of the season in that many JV players had to move up due to the lack of varsity members. The JV athletes are said to have adapted quickly to the level of play. As a team, players note that their ability to communicate with another has improved whereas stamina toward the end of long matches poses an issue. Nevertheless, the Moors look hope to strike an ace later down the postseason.
“All the team needs to do is execute better. We already know about the game and […] right now, we [just] need to try our hardest because all the teams in our league are really good,” Poon said. “Anyone can be a contender for playoffs at this point.”