Men’s Tennis Update

Eric Ting

   After winning back-to-back North Coast Section titles, the men’s tennis team has its eyes set on something that hasn’t been done in recent memory: an NCS three-peat. “It would really be something,” Alex Hwang ‘16 said. “Repeating was huge, but a three peat would be amazing.” The team knows that the road to a third straight title will be significantly tougher than in years past, but the team fully expects to walk home with another NCS Championship come May.

    Last year’s team featured four seniors, most notably Luke Bohuslav and Andrew Tan. The two seniors paved the way for Miramonte, winning almost all of their singles’ matches. In addition to losing Bohuslav and Tan, the team lost other key players, but not to graduation. The team is without multiple players from last year’s team, most notably Logan Boersma and Michael O’Melveny. Boersma decided to give baseball a try, and O’Melveny decided to live the second semester of his senior year with ease.

    But in addition to losing players, Miramonte’s bid for a three-peat could be halted by a new up and coming school: the Dougherty Valley Wildcats. Dougherty Valley is a relatively new school, opening in 2007. The Wildcats defeated Miramonte earlier in the season, and the two most likely won’t meet again until the postseason. “They’re a good team,” Hwang said. “They have more kids to pick from.”

Miramonte has made short work of all their other opponents, most recently an 8-1 drubbing of rival Campolindo. Dougherty Valley is probably the biggest obstacle in between the Mats and another banner.

    In order to combat the surging Wildcats, Miramonte’s star players must take over. The current captains of the team are juniors Neil Weikert and Peter Martin. Both are highly respected by their teammates and have performed admirably this season. “They both bring such an intensity and unique passion for the game,” Connor Reardon ‘17 said. “I don’t think anyone can beat either of them when they are both on.” Both Weikert and Martin have been exceptional this year, but Miramonte has another weapon with some of the greatest accomplishments in school history.

    Hwang is ranked 34th in the state by Tennis Recruiting Network, which earned him a four-star recruit rating. Hwang has competed in many tournaments in his life, some even as far as Taiwan. He seldom loses matches in the regular season, and is widely considered to be the best tennis player at Miramonte.

“It’s all experience” Hwang said. “I am very fortunate to have had the ability to compete against such a high level of competition.” Hwang won his match against Dougherty Valley this year, and by his senior year could be one of the best tennis players in the country.

    After all the roster turnover, the team struggles to find depth, especially when looking for doubles’ teams. “We are whipping some freshmen into shape for the postseason,” Bryce Hummer ‘15 said. There is currently one freshmen doubles team, the team of Connor Reardon and Jack O’Melveny. The freshmen work well together, and have very different strengths. “I’m very good at volleys,” Reardon said. “I can smash it really hard or give it a little drop shot if I need to.”

O’Melveny has a very different style, playing in the back with a killer forehand. “My strength is definitely my forehand,” O’Melveny said. The two have played in only three matches together and look to improve both their play and their chemistry together before the postseason.

    Despite all the departures, Miramonte is still a powerhouse in boys’ tennis. A combination of star power among returning players and some promising young players have Miramonte in serious contention for yet another NCS Championship.