Victory signals a bright future for boys’ tennis

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Victory signals a bright future for boys’ tennis

Doubles player Alexander Kessler, a junior, prepares to return his opponent's serve.

Doubles player Alexander Kessler, a junior, prepares to return his opponent's serve.

Denton Silfvast

Doubles player Alexander Kessler, a junior, prepares to return his opponent's serve.

Denton Silfvast

Denton Silfvast

Doubles player Alexander Kessler, a junior, prepares to return his opponent's serve.

Denton Silfvast, Staff Writer

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Following a 6-1 victory over Hillsdale High School, the boys’ tennis team extended their winning streak to four games with a commanding 7-0 win against San Mateo High School on March 30.

Carlmont was expecting to come out on top even before the game began.

Jerry Liu, a sophomore and varsity doubles player, said, “We are definitely the stronger team.” He, along with his partner Jason Liu, won their match, contributing to the team’s overall victory.

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The team finishes up their matches and breaks down the courts after their win.

 

Another breakout player for Carlmont is their second-best singles player Milad Shafaie. Shafaie also won his match, demonstrating his skill despite his young age.

A spectator, James McDowell, said, “He may be a freshman, but he’s really good. Keep an eye on him in the future.” 

Overall, coach Dan Nguyen was pleased with the team’s performance.

Nguyen said, “I was really proud of the boys… Everyone stepped up, and we beat the team even better than last time.”

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Next year, I think we’re going to have one of the best teams we’ve had in a while. We’ve got some high hopes.”

— Coach Dan Nguyen

This win brings Carlmont’s record for the season up to 10-3 and puts them in second place in their league behind Menlo-Atherton High School, who is a strong competitor. 

The team now has its sights set on the upcoming tournament and is going to use its next two games to get ready.

“We’re expecting to at least get to the second round [of CCS], and hopefully go further,” said Jerry Liu.

Not only are hopes high for CCS this year, but according to Nguyen, next season is shaping up to be one of the Scots’ best yet.

“Next year, I think we’re going to have one of the best teams we’ve had in a while. Nine of our starters will be returning, and with all of our guys improving and getting another year of experience under their belt, I think we’re going to be a really strong team,” said Nguyen.

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