Sports

Advantage: JP Stevens

By HARSHA GOPALAKRISHNAN, sophomore

Tennis requires intense focus, mental toughness, and, most of all, heart. Battling through nerve-wracking match points and late-night final sets makes tennis grueling, both mentally and physically, but the support from fellow teammates gives our players the confidence they need to go for winners and finish long rallies. The camaraderie established between the boys’ tennis players was strengthened by their mutual love for the game, which motivated each member to play out every point with determination and endure until the end of each match. As sophomore Sarthak Mohanty remarked, “This season has been especially rewarding. Despite the fact that tennis is primarily an individual sport, we went through this season as a team, together.” With a formidable 14-5 record, the team clearly put up a consistently dominant performance throughout the season, playing their best at each and every match and always rebounding from any losses.

In the Greater Middlesex County tournament, players from all across the county clashed rackets. The results were phenomenal for the Hawks. Top-seeded sophomore sensation Sarthak Mohanty placed fourth in 1st singles, defeating several other highly-ranked players. Freshman Gokul Murugesan secured a second place win in 2nd singles, and senior Kevin Ho added to his list of tennis accomplishments by placing second in 3rd singles. The Hawks’ triumphs also continued past the singles bracket and into the doubles. Captain Jessie Wu and senior partner Jason Kwan, experienced veterans at varsity-level tennis, placed second in 1st doubles, and freshmen dynamic duo Tarush Aneja and Vishal Walia used quick hands and light feet to win the championship match in 2nd doubles, gaining the first gold place finish in a flight for the boys’ tennis team since 2009. Perhaps the most outstanding performance of the day, however, was the Hawks’ first place overall team finish in the GMCs, a feat not accomplished since 2006.

These commendable performances at the GMCs resulted from the determination of each player to be the best that they could be and a unified passion by the whole team to succeed. As the Hawks bid their final goodbyes to the 2012-2013 spring season, they look onward into the future, eager to attain further victories next year and beyond. Congratulations to Coach Pisano and the boys’ tennis team on a fantastic season, and good luck next year!

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