Young tennis team has high hopes for counties

By By Jillian Postal: Online Sports Editor

The boys tennis team ended its season last year hoping to duplicate its early season success in the upcoming county, regional and state championships.

This year’s new players proved themselves as strong talents as the Bulldogs have lost only one game so far, making their record, at press time, a strong  8-1.

“This season we all had to work extra hard to make up for all our losses [of last year’s seniors] ,” senior captain Adam Draiman said. “[The lack of experience] has not been a setback because we are working harder as a team and we all have really bonded together.”

The Bulldogs dominated against Walter Johnson April 20, winning 7-0.

“The team played well,” head coach Benjamin Woods said. “Each player stayed focused. They all learned something about their game and how to stay positive when playing.”

The Bulldogs did not know what to expect entering the April 17 match against Magruder, but  won 7-0.

“This match was really hard and harder to win because how much the wind was blowing and how much the wind affected the path of the ball,” junior captain Kevin Chu said.

The Bulldogs bounced back from their only loss April 15 when they faced Quince Orchard, winning easily 6-1.   They had more difficulty winning against Blair April 9, but pulled out with a 4-3 win. With the absence of senior captain Jason Teitelbaum, freshman Michael Gauch stepped up and helped the Bulldogs capture the win.

“Everyone worked really hard [during the Blair match] especially because we were unfortunately missing a key player,” Draiman said. “Our doubles team has really been stepping it up and our single players have been really stepping up by making sure we go in with that attitude that every ball counts.”

The Bulldogs opened their season with a three-game winning streak against B-CC, Damascus and Gaithersburg, but that soon ended as the Bulldogs were blown out April 7 at the Wootton match, 0-7.

The Bulldogs are preparing for counties, where they hope to avenge their loss to Wootton and earn the county title for the second year in a row.