The JV and freshman tennis teams concluded their season with a huge triumph at the district championship tournament on Wednesday, April 13. Combined, the Warriors took nine out of the ten top titles in the entire 13-6A District, displaying the immense skill and talent found among this team.
“We played absolutely great, the freshman and JV district championships, our freshman swept all five district championships, and they got four second places,” Coach Dalrymple said. “Our JV won four of them and got three [two] more second.”
Below are the final results from the competition.
1st Place JV Girl Singles: Avery Turner ‘18
1st Place JV Boy Singles: Varun Narayanan ‘18
2nd Place JV Boy Singles: Vivek Ramanthan ‘18
1st Place JV Boy Doubles: Carson Manley ‘17 and Anutt Kandahai ‘18
2nd Place JV Boy Doubles: Varun Rachakonda ‘17 and Akhil Gangidi ‘17
1st Place JV Mixed Doubles: Shreya Yellepeddy ‘18 and Parth Gujare ‘18
1st Place Freshman Girl Singles: Carolien van Heemskerck Pillis ‘19
1st Place Freshman Boy Singles: Truman Le ‘19
2nd Place Freshman Boy Singles: Max Wolf ‘19
1st Place Freshman Girl Doubles: Pritika Paramasivam ‘19 and Emily Lu ‘19
2nd Place Freshman Girl Doubles: Yutika Raina ‘19 and Satweka Nammi ‘19
1st Place Freshman Boy Doubles: Mete Bayrak ‘19 and Jake Imperial ‘19
2nd Place Freshman Boy Doubles: Richard Liu ‘19 and James Lemuel ‘19
1st Place Freshman Mixed Doubles: Kavya Raghavendhran ‘19 and Nathan Iyer ‘19
2nd Place Freshman Mixed Doubles: Megha Jayavelu ‘19 and Kevin Yang ‘19
The tournament for freshmen was held at McNeil, while JV played at home on the Westwood courts. The brackets were a little different from previous competitions; there was no back draw or consolation. This meant as soon as an individual or pair lost their match, they were eliminated from the event.
Many players were excited to finally hold a championship title after constant hard work throughout the year. These athletes trained practically year round, with a short offseason of conditioning their only break.
“I’ve been putting a lot of hard work into tennis and winning districts really just showed how my hard work payed off,” Avery Turner ‘18 said.
Warriors also noted their entire competitive period had been successful because of a bond built up within the team. This kind of chemistry isn’t found on every team, but it does play a large role in supporting other players to achieve greatness.
“This whole season has been very good, especially at districts,” Nathan Iyer ‘19 said. “I’ve been playing very well and the team has developed much teamwork among the players.”
The JV and freshman tennis team wrapped up their tournaments on a high note. Some of these players will continue their journey next year, while others may advance onto the varsity team.
“The kids just played lights out, and built on what we’ve been doing this whole season. The kids have been working hard, improving; it’s just been very very impressive,” Coach Dalrymple said. “I’m really glad to see where they’re at right now, and where they’re going for the future.”