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Varsity Tennis Sweeps Cedar Ridge 19-0

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  • Focused on the ball, Brooke Xu ‘24 throws up the ball to hit a overhead serve. Xu succesfully finished her singles match with a score of 8-1.

  • Eagerly, Nilan Nathan ‘26 prepares to serve the ball for his singles match, leaving with a victory of 8-0.

  • Dashing to the ball, Rachana Akkineni ‘26 prepares to return her opponents ball with a powerful backhand. Akkineni won the match with a score of 8-0.

  • Alek Mesarovic ‘24 gets ready to return the ball during his singles match. Mesarovic secured his win by scoring 8-1.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 27, the varsity tennis team matched up against Cedar Ridge High School on the Warriors’ home court. The Warriors have reason to celebrate shutting out the Raiders with victories in all 19 matches, and giving players a reason to look ahead to district games.

This game concluded their matches against other schools, moving onto district opponents. Their first district playoff will be the quarter-finals next week.

In the mixed doubles division, the duo of Faith Ou ‘27 and Devon Zhang ‘26 secured victory with a scores of 6-2 and 6-0.

“I could have done better, but I still secured the win,” Ou said. “I’m really excited for the district game. It’s my first district game, and I’m going to try to make an effort to come into the net more.”

Daniel Zhang ‘26 and Arjun Rajan ‘25 showed off their well-meshed teamwork together, scoring 6-0 and 6-2. Continuing the winning streak, Rajan later scored 8-1 in his singles match.

“I think the district quarter finals will be pretty easy,” Zhang said. “I think I just need to practice on my overheads.”

In the girls doubles division, 3 pairs including Aly Oancea ‘27, Leah Kardonik ’27, Evelyn Castellani ‘24, and Zoe Chen ‘25 all secured their win with scores with clean sweeps of 6-0 for all games.

Brooke Xu ‘24 demonstrated her skill with a well played performance in two of her matches, scoring 8-1 in her singles and 6-0 in her doubles. She worked with Samantha Tang ‘25 to take an impressive win.

“I think when it comes to tennis, you can never play perfect,” Xu said. “Everyone has stuff they need to work on, but I think especially with our team, since we practice so much, we’ll be ready for district.”

Varsity tennis will play in the district quarter-finals on Monday, Oct. 2nd.

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