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JV Black Tennis Dominates Round Rock in 15-4 Victory

Gabriel Oliveira
Sanjana Aslesh ’26 recovers after a powerful forehand. Aslesh continued the overall trend of the day for the Warriors and ended up winning the match.

On Thursday, Sept. 21, the JV Black tennis team defeated their rivals the Round Rock Dragons in a decisive victory of 15-4 in their last game of the season.

From start to finish, the Warriors kept the pressure on and continued increasing their lead and separating themselves from the Dragons. Westwood had little trouble in the doubles and singles matches, with only a few losses contrasted by multiple 8-0 sweeps. Anika Aslesh ‘26 and Maggie Lee ‘25 demonstrated this in their landslide victories, proving too much for their opponents, and completing the sweep.

“I thought my ground strikes were good, but I still need to work on my volleys,” Aslesh said. “[Lee] is a really reliable doubles partner and I love playing with her because she’s very supportive. I didn’t play bad [in my singles match], there weren’t that many rallies. I feel like I could’ve worked on my aggressive shots but I think I played well. I won my singles match 8-0.”

Although closing their season on a high point, the Warriors wanted to stay humble, and noted things that could have been better or simply times where the match didn’t go their way. Anya Gupta ‘26 and Leila Tavassoli ‘25 lost both of their matches in spite of their quality teamwork.

“I honestly could have been better,” Gupta said. “But it was a good match, [and] they were good opponents. It was close. Leila is an amazing teammate [and] she was encouraging throughout. Anytime I messed up she said ‘you got this’. I’ve improved quite a bit since I joined the tennis program. My forehands, backhands, and volleys have gotten better.”

Of the few losses, the matchups still remained close, and the Warriors that lost quickly recovered. Sanjana Aslesh ‘26 lost her doubles match 8-6 , but regrouped, readjusted, and later won her singles match 8-3.

“I didn’t play too well today,” Aslesh said. “Some days I play well but today I double faulted a lot, so I do need to work on a few things. I think that [Shardul and I] worked together fine. In my singles match, I played pretty well because I’m usually better when playing alone. But, I did also double fault [during my singles match].”

Although officially this was the last match of the season, the Warriors may have to make up for the match that rained out in the week prior, and will likely play in November.

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Gabriel Oliveira
Gabriel Oliveira, Reporter
Class of 2026
I love socializing with new people, playing logic games like chess and crossword puzzles, and playing badminton with my crew at Badminton Club. My favorite thing about student press is that it gives me the opportunity to interact with people that I would not have the chance to otherwise, and it introduces me to people from a variety of backgrounds.

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