Boys tennis team looks back on shortened season fondly

Debanhy Cerrillo Proano, Staff Writer

The boys tennis team returned to previous glory this year with a successful season.  It was something wroth celebrating at this year’s banquet, which was an online affair.

All told, the tennis team won seven dual matches, finished second in the regional tournament, and finished seventh as a team at the state tournament.  All of this success came in a season that was cut short because of the Covid 19 and the precautions about it.

One of the big factors that impacted the boys tennis team this season was the lack of playbacks at the state tournament.  Playbacks are an opportunity for tennis players in a sort of loser-bracket scenario.  This year, those were taken away to cut down on connections between people.  Coach Ryan Pace was still impressed with season overall.  “I’d say we overachieved, as it was our best season since the early 2000s,” said  Pace. 

The players had to go through many new rules and had to have precaution over the whole virus thing. They had to get temperature checks, wear masks and have a distance with others so they didn’t catch the virus. Luckily no one got sick and they all got to play a game that they enjoy.

Some of the boys really loved this season in the matter and did not see the new precautions as something to stop them from enjoying what they love. “ It was a very good season as a team and individually. I absolutely loved it. I love love love any team atmosphere so it was an amazing experience,” said Nico Jamison, one of the players who made it to the state tournament.  Jamision was the one Spartan who moved past the first round of state and finished in second place.  

Coach Pace has good plans for next year.  He said, “The future is very bright. We bring back eight letter winners as well as a strong JV team. We have five players playing in offseason tournaments. A top five state finish next year is not unrealistic.”