Ready to Excel, Tennis Serves It Well-Done

Georgia Briskey

Tennis team lets their rackets do the talking and prepares to sweep league competition

After a successful season in 2010, the boys’ tennis team prepares to excel with strong players, new and returning.

The team made quarterfinals of NCS last year, losing to eventual champions Monte Vista 6-1, who went on to sweep the competition.

Luke Bohuslav ‘13 was the sole victor against Monte Vista, and the only player in NCS to win a singles match against Monte Vista.

The team began the season with a match against Mission San Jose on Feb. 23, losing 4-5.

The team played in the James Logan Tournament on Feb. 26 and didn’t advance out of the group stage.

Without two key players, they beat Marin Academy, but lost to Castro Valley. Making up for their loss, on Feb. 28 the team won 9-0 against Freedom High School.

As experienced players, the seniors and juniors work on creating a strong team for upcoming seasons.

The upperclassmen welcome freshmen Liam Kelly and Logan Boersma to the team as they prove to be vital doubles and singles players.

“The seniors are trying to create a good team for the underclassmen’s future seasons,” said captain Andrew Pises ‘11.

Last year, Pises individually remained undefeated and won the NCS singles title. He hopes to achieve that goal again this year and to go farther in NCS as a team. Now, verbally committing to play at University of California Berkeley, Pises leads the team as a player and a captain.

“We’re trying to become more competitive and beat Campo this year,” said Pises.

Other strong players include Trevor Rechnitz ‘12, Michael Krakaris ‘12, Brian Tan ‘11 and Chad Boersma ‘11. All have been playing on the varsity team since their freshman year and they continue to step up to the court and deliver victories.

Returning seniors include Matt Ward and Luke Singsank, who were a Second Team All League pair last season.

“Being on the same team as my brother really pushes me to be a better athlete. He inspires me to try harder in matches and contribute more as a teammate,” said the younger Boersma.

In addition to the Boersma brothers, another set of brothers are on the team as well. Brian and his brother Andrew Tan ‘13 help each other throughout the season.

Playing against San Ramon Valley High School on March 1, Tan ‘13 saved eight match points en route to a grueling win. His win made the difference in a 5-4 victory over the Wolves.

Casey Nichol ‘11 returns to the team after a year off. Nichol made the varsity team as a freshman and sophomore, but took junior year off to focus on rugby.

“Since it’s my final year, I thought I’d join the team again. I hope to contribute more than ever to the team this year,” said Nichol.

On March 3, the team crushed crosstown rivals Acalanes 9-0 in which every Miramonte player was victorious. They defeated Dougherty Valley 7-2 on March 8.

The team plays Campolindo next Tuesday in the two teams’ first of two matches that will likely determine the league champion.