JV Tennis Starts Season Strong


E. Lu

Nathan Iyer ’19 slices a return.

The JV tennis team dominated their first match against the Hendrickson Hawks on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The Warriors kicked off the season with consistent shots and smart plays, bringing home an incredible win of 15-5.

Since the school year began, the tennis team has been practicing both in the morning and afternoons to perfect their game. With this week of training the athletes were able to triumph with a huge margin of victory over a varsity team.

“I think this match went wonderfully, I was really proud of the kids and proud of the way they competed and the way they conducted themselves with pride,” Assistant Coach Daniel Veve said.

This was Coach Veve’s first match as a coach with the tennis team, which proved to be an ultimate success. Many Warriors also experienced their first game as a part of the Westwood team on Tuesday.

“I played my first tournament and I won my match, I had a really fun time,” Bragadeesh Thangadurai ‘18 said. “I was really nervous and anxious at first but then when the game went on I got better at it and I got more comfortable with my game, but I still have a lot to improve so hopefully I can get that done in the future.”  

One match members of the team eagerly watched was mixed doubles, played by Truman Le ‘19 and Shreya Yellepeddy ‘18. The pair, who are both line one players, faced a duo of Hawks who were also the top players of their respective team. Yellepeddy and Le fought hard with powerful hits and consistency, but unfortunately fell short with a close score of 5-8.

“Doubles was a little bit messy for me, just because I don’t normally play doubles often, I wasn’t really accommodated to it,” Le said. “Shreya and I still played well, but it’s just something I need to get better at.”

However, Le played the same Hendrickson athlete during his singles match, and prevailed with a score of 8-2.

“Singles was better, that was more of a home turf since I normally play singles really often,” Le said. “I would say it was a feeling of redemption because that guy was in my doubles match, and I didn’t like the way he played, so I wanted to win.”

Each athlete on the team played a crucial role in securing this victory. Whether they were battling out on the courts or cheering their teammates on, the Warriors all contributed to another well deserved win.

The freshman team starts their season with their first match on Thursday, Sept. 1 at Rouse High School while JV continues on against Lake Travis on Thursday, Sept. 8.