Boys varsity tennis wins over Oviedo

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Sophomore Noah Santiago-Walsh threw the ball up to serve. The boy’s varsity tennis team won against Oviedo.

Line five Aryan Patel was ready to serve in his final game to win the match. He was up 7-2 and needed to score one more point to win against Oviedo. He served and the opponent missed.

The boys varsity tennis team won over Oviedo 7-0 in a seven match game. Patel won his match 8-2 and Line three Alfonso Hilerio won his match 8-2.

“We played really well all around and it was nice for them not to get a single win,” Patel said.

This game was not the first time the team beat Oviedo this season. Earlier in the season the boys also beat them 7-0.

“We usually beat Oviedo everytime we play them,” Patel said. “They started to talk about us so beating them by that much was good for us.”

The team’s record is 12-2 in which they lost to Seminole twice in a row. The team knew they needed to practice more to go farther in postseason play.

“After the two losses to Seminole we bounced back by making sure my focus was on the next match and not the previous one,” junior Alfonso Hilerio said. “It would not have helped my mental side of the game which would also affect how we play.”

Oviedo was the team’s last opponent for the regular season, and they are now moving into the postseason which includes districts and regionals. Patel believes they will be able to make it far in both.

“In the district tournament we have to place first or second to get into regionals and then place first or second in regionals to get into states. I think that is an accomplishable goal for us,” Patel said.

The team bonds together by hanging out on the weekends and doing extra practice’s to make sure they are ready for their next games.

“The team chemistry is much better than last year. The major reason why it’s better is because everyone on the team makes an effort to be closer.  We also make a lot of jokes that make each other laugh.  It lets us have more fun with each other,” said Hilerio

The teams next game will be postseason play. Tickets can be found on gofan.co.

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