Boys varsity tennis predicts a successful season

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2016 is a new year for the Scots, and the boys varsity tennis team is hopeful for a successful season.

In the first scrimmage before the official season, the Carlmont Scots earned a 6-1 victory over the Serra Padres.

“I had a slow start, but as the match went on, I started playing a lot better. I’m happy that I was able to pull through in the end,” said senior Kevin Hutchaleelaha, who plays second singles. He won his match with a score of 8-6.

Although six of the seven games ended in victories, sophomore Nate Yeo lost his third singles match.

He said, “I could have played a little better today. I felt a lot of pressure because this is the first game, but I hope I can improve for the next game.”

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  • Seniors Bobby Goldie and Josh Pogue shake hands with their opponents.

  • Senior Camron Dennler, who is on the boys varsity tennis team and the boys varsity soccer team, helps his mother set up the courts. He is unable to play because he broke his nose during a soccer game.

  • Pogue raises his racket in anticipation of the accelerating tennis ball.

  • Senior Kevin Hutchaleelaha holds up a signal indicating that his opponent's shot was out of bounds.

  • During a break between sets, junior Kevin Xiang rests and drinks some Gatorade. "It was extremely hot and sunny, so I made sure to stay hydrated," said Xiang.

  • Senior Alex Yang balances himself to smash the tennis ball.

  • After winning their game, junior Jonathan Li and Xiang watch and support their teammates.

  • Goldie gets ready to serve the tennis ball. He said, "Going into this game, Josh and I were confident."

  • In between points, Hutchaleelaha changes the score card to reflect the current score of 6-5.

  • After a winning shot, Goldie and Pogue share a high five. "Even if we lose a shot, we always try to give each other a high five so we can stay positive and supportive," said Pogue.

  • Hutchaleelaha looks at his opponent to determine where he wants to place the serve.

  • Hutchaleelaha sends a speedy ace straight to his opponent and immediately wins the point. An ace is a serve that the opponent is unable to touch.

  • Hutchaleelaha uses his racket and the side of his foot to easily pick up the ball without having to bend down.

  • After a long and hard-fought win, Hutchaleelaha shakes his opponent's hand in a show of good sportsmanship.

  • When all of the varsity games are over, Coach Dan Nguyen, a Carlmont math teacher, discusses the games with Serra's coach.

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After the game ended, there was a positive vibe running throughout the players as well as the coach.

“I thought they played really well. It was nice to see them out on the courts playing a different opponent, because they’ve only been playing each other at practice so far. I hope that this win carries on into the next matches and we can keep the win streak going,” said Coach Dan Nguyen, who is a math teacher at Carlmont.

When the season officially starts on March 11, the boys varsity tennis team will be ready to play.

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