Forcing his opponent to hit a challenging shot, Alex Bernhard ’19 swiftly volleyed the ball into the front corner to win the point. He went on to win his match 3-2, earning the team’s only win in its 6-1 loss against St. Paul’s on Wednesday. The team’s record now stands at 4-4.
Despite the loss, Ishaan Patel ’18 said, “Overall we played well. Everyone left it all out on the court, and we left with no regrets.”
The team faced many challenges throughout the match.
Jack Lee ’20 said, “Going into my match, I was nervous, since I was playing a senior. Even though I lost, it was a good match and very close.”
Lee, Patel, Jerry Yang ’17, Charlie Mayhew ’18, and Xander Schwartz ’20 each lost his match 3-0. Sean Kim ’18 lost to his opponent in four games.
“We had a tough week of practice, working on various technical skills,” said Patel.
“We also prepared mentally which was new, participating in a yoga session on Tuesday evening to relax our muscles and focus our minds… We felt fairly rested and rejuvenated as we were coming off of a [week with no matches]” he continued.
Bernhard’s performance stood out to his teammates.
Patel said, “Alex Bernhard played exceptionally well. He beat a very tough opponent in five, displaying exceptional grit and skill on the court.”
In preparation for its match at home against Tabor on Friday, the team has been training hard.
Lee said, “We are going into every match prepared and we train really hard in our practices. We hope that we can win our following matches, and we will definitely work hard to achieve this goal this week.”