Yesterday, April 9th, the JV and varsity tennis teams joined forces in their first match of the season, facing off against the Eaglebrook team. Ryan O’Leary hustled against a skilled opponent and made sure to always chase down each point, leading to a 6-3 victory. Michael Sippl also won his set, playing aggressively throughout his match for a 6-2 win. Alexi Altenberg’s impressive 6-4 match was hard-won, and he moved his opponent around the court like a chess piece. Tyler Libstag had a great EHS tennis debut, working his placement game for a 6-2 win. James Bougioukas, in his first singles match ever, fell victim to a more experienced opponent, but demonstrated great promise and potential in his 2-6 set.
Eagle Hill’s doubles teams played extremely well, despite most of these pairings having very limited practice time together, due to inclement weather in the first weeks of the season. Established team Ellena Pfeffer and Greta Witmer had some trouble shaking the dust off in their match, getting into the groove late in a 3-6 set. Lauren Cobb and Blake Jordan, playing together for the first time, played their strengths in a 6-1 victory. Bella Friehs and Kaitlin Parthum communicated well and won some impressive points, but were unable to overcome the inherent challenges of a brand-new partnership, falling 1-6 in their set. The doubles matches were finished out by Noah Friedman and James Bougioukas, both playing extremely aggressively in their 6-2 victory.
With a final match score of six wins to three losses, EHS tennis can count this Eaglebrook match as a victory. For their next match, varsity squares off against Winchendon at home on Wednesday, April 25th.