Men’s Tennis Has High Hopes After Crushing Foes

Kelsey Williams

With a strong start to their season, the Miramonte men’s tennis team has become one of the leading teams in DFAL. Captains Andrew Pises ‘11, Troy Akin ‘10, Chad Boersma ‘11, and Brian Tan ‘11 provide great leadership, and with top singles player Pises and top doubles team Boersma and Michael Krakaris ‘12, it is hard to defeat the Mats.

The team had significant victories in the James Logan Tournament against Head Royce 9-0 and Amador Valley 7-2. On Tuesday April 13, the Mats defeated Campolindo at Campolindo 5-4 and on Wednesday, April 14 they beat De La Salle at De La Salle 5-4. Due to injuries and the absence of key players, the Mats were not victorious against Campolindo at home on Thursday, March 11, losing by a heartbreaking single point, 4-5.

One of these absences included Akin, who is one of the top senior players, because he had to complete his lengthy basketball season. His return to the team strengthened the line up and contributed greatly to the wins.

“Troy’s presence gave the team a newfound confidence, which really helped us beat our competition,” said Boersma.

With new coach Michael McCollom and eight new varsity players, the chemistry among the team has turned out nicely.

“Everyone gets along great with the shared desire in winning league this year,” said Boersma. “Coach McCollom has brought a different style to the team that has increased the strength of our team.”

Campolindo is first in DFAL by one set, closely followed by Miramonte. Pises is expected to win the DFAL championships as an individual and Boersma and Krakaris are the number one seed for doubles. The team is looking toward NCS with high expectations.