A junior boarding and day school for boys in grades six, seven, eight, and nine
Varsity Tennis v. Dublin School
The Eagles welcomed the Dublin School Wildcats to the courts this Tuesday on a gorgeous afternoon. The guests shook off a long road trip south and kicked off the event with doubles competition. The Eagles set to work demonstrating ever-improving cooperation and communication amongst their doubles partnerships. The highlight of doubles play was at the top pairing where the Wildcats and Eagles battled through fast-paced action loaded with thundering drives and lightning reactions at net leading to volleys punished into the corners. Ultimately, the Eagles powered their way to victories in all doubles matches, and the competition transitioned to singles play.
All 8 Eagles were tasked with playing older and larger competition. Despite their disadvantage in stature, the Eagles have proven themselves to be a talented group seeking such challenging competition. Saif Al Attas filled in on short notice at the exhibition #8 slot and earned an 8-4 win (as well as an 8-2 doubles win alongside Edward Park). At exhibition #7 Dylan Zhu was dominant showing increased touch on his short shots to provide a counter to his thundering serve. Goyo Martinez was efficient in his 8-0 victory earning the respect of his opponent, and making clear that his game is on the rise. Edward Park was put to the test yet held strong winning 8-6 overcoming his own frustrations and finding avenues to win points. Rohan Edwards, long known as the last man to leave the courts, was swift in his execution, despite feeling a touch ill, and defended proudly en route to an 8-0 win. John Pope overcame an early hiccup to demonstrate the dominance we have come to take for granted at his #3 spot, earning an 8-1 victory. Ben Jones was on point as he defended against a fierce first serve to work the angles of the court against his much taller and longer opponent earning an 8-0 victory. At the #1 spot Alexis Pontones was matched against a potent athlete from Dublin. Alexis showed the focus and determination he reserves for his most important matches, and that laser vision executed near flawless tennis en route to an 8-0 victory.
The Eagles were honored to host the Dublin Wildcats who are a class act from their coach to each player. We look forward to our next event with this fine group of gentlemen, and wish them luck in the Lakes Region Tournament. The Eagles travel to Suffield on Thursday and host Fessenden on Saturday in a busy and exciting week of tennis.