In full swing: varsity tennis defeats Archbishop McCarthy

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All photos taken by Michael Nouri

Varsity tennis — led by Coach Tobias Croke — took the court against Archbishop McCarthy High School Feb 23. Prior to the match, both the boys and girls teams stood as the #1 seeds in their district league, the girls holding a record of 2-0 and boys of 1-1. 

“The teams are especially young this year. Most players are ninth and tenth graders, accompanied by a couple juniors and seniors, although it seems like the kids on the team are really dedicated to the sport and we’ve had a really successful season so far,” Coach Croke said. “We have some returning players that are just bringing back leadership and strength by just being good teammates and just showing the younger kids how to be successful here. We also have some newcomers recently added to the roster that have really helped build our team this season.”

The boys defeated Archbishop McCarthy 6-1. Sophomore Gregory Chapman, senior Charles Goldwyn and juniors Danila Dembouski and Harshith Kakaumani won singles matches while Chapman and junior Daniel Naylor took home a victory for their doubles match. 

The girls defeated their opponents 7-0 — with a full sweep. Eighth grader Rowan Cicero, freshman Angelina Lin and sophomores Angela Duan, Tin Oi Tina Liu and Grace Odom-Montbrun won singles matches. Duan and Liu, as well as freshmen Dasha Carroll and Ruby Cohen won doubles matches.

“I believe the match went very well; we won and played great,” Cohen said, regarding her doubles victory. “One of our strengths was working together and I think a weakness was missing more shots than we should have. However, I would say I’m confident about the remainder of the season.”

Varsity tennis will continue to conquer the court until mid-April, starting with their next home match against Saint Andrews High School Feb 28.

Heather Johnson, a freshman at American Heritage, is looking forward to entering her first year on the Patriot Post staff. Journalism has been a passion of Heather’s from a very young age. Aside from her avid love of writing, she enjoys singing, graphic design, reading and listening to music. She is extremely excited to contribute her ideas and articles to the Patriot Post in the upcoming school year.