JV Orange Tennis Edges Past Stony Point

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  • Tracking the ball, Karen Chen ’26 hits a backhand to return the ball. Westwood started off the day with double matches, ending with single matches.

  • Getting behind the ball, Sanjay Balasubramanian ’24 prepares to hit a return forehand. Balasubramanian won the point after a long rally.

  • Focused, Jackson Nguyen ’26 throws the ball up to hit a serve. Nguyen played in a doubles match, and won 8-6.

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In a close game, JV Orange tennis edged past Stony Point 11-8 to end their final home game on a good note on Tuesday, Sep. 27. 

Westwood came to a rocky start in their first boys’ doubles match but ended the day winning both remaining Doubles games. Jackson Nguyen ‘26 and Roshan Paul ‘25 lost 8-6. The two players are still developing their chemistry together.

“It felt like we weren’t in sync [today], and I feel like we could have done better,” Paul said. “There were some points that we gave away, and we could have done better to keep the ball in play.”

Several players played both singles and doubles, including Sanjay Balasubramanian ‘24, who won his Doubles match but lost in singles. 

“[In doubles], if you get put with a partner that you already know, you can make signals easier and have more chemistry,” Balasubramanian said. “Communication is super key.”

This year, a minimal amount of freshmen joined the team, causing the program to switch to two JV teams, granting freshmen more opportunities to play against players outside their grade and improve.

“My main objective is to grow myself as a player, and challenge myself to hit shots I don’t normally hit,” Karen Wang ‘26 said. 

Many doubles partners this year are new to each other and are still trying to build up their chemistry together. Some partners, however, have already played with each other for some time, such as Jack Miller ‘25 and Ted Bullot ‘25.

“[Miller and I] have been playing together since freshman year,” Bullot said. “We play well together, and out of every match we’ve played we’ve only lost a couple.” 

It was a close game for Westwood, but the team managed to sneak past Stony Point by three matches. With many players still learning how to play with each other and continuing to improve, they will look to make a run at districts this year.

The Warriors will take on Vandegrift on Monday, Oct. 3.