After a big loss to University, Coach Harshul Patel gives the boys team a talk about what they can improve on. Photo by Clarissa Htay.By Clarissa Htay, staff writer
Barons boys tennis team suffered a major loss 1-17 against the number one ranked University High School on Tuesday. Although the Barons put in a lot of effort, University had a strong game plan and executed all their shots perfectly.
Tommy Nguyen (‘18) and senior captain Peter Nguyen (‘17) brought in the Barons’ only win, 6-3, in the third round against University’s number one doubles team. “Performance wise, [the team] could have done better. They did really well in the first round, there were really close matches but they could have done better today for sure,” said Coach Harshul Patel, the boys varsity coach.
One major change the tennis team had was switching number two singles player Ryan Trinh (‘20) and doubles player Eric Tadros (‘18) in the line up. Tadros started as number one singles while Trinh played doubles with senior captain Jonathan Dang (‘17) as the number one doubles team.
“I thought the switch was fine because the matches were closer and we had a better chance against a great team,” said Dang.
Key player of the game was Tadros. Although this was his first varsity singles match, he put in a lot of effort and fought hard against the star players at University.
“Eric Tadros had the best performance today, he still kept working hard against the star players,” said Coach Patel.
Luckily for the boys tennis, this is just the start of their season, leaving them with one more preseason match before Sunset League. They still have time to improve before the season starts.
“There are four things [they need to improve on], better serving at the right score line, in doubles matches they need to know how to play properly, put away volleys, and the lobs need to be on the dot if they really want to win those points,” said Patel.
The boys’ next game is against Mater Dei at Los Caballeros on Thursday, March 15. “I think the team could be better and make some adjustments,” said Dang.