Last weekend, Andover Boys Tennis competed in the NEITA Team Championships, where it ultimately fell 4-1 to Choate Rosemary Hall in the first round. Andover’s lone victory came from fourth seed Hayden Gura ’20.
After two losses at the beginning of the season, Andover won its next seven games leading up to the NEITA tournament, and it hoped that its winning streak would give it the momentum to win the title, according to captain and first seed Anupreeth Coramutla ’17.
Coramutla said, “We were on a seven game winning streak heading into New Englands. We were confident about our games and we knew we could make a run for the championship. We played a lot of points throughout the week, trying to work on grinding each point out in the heat. We worked on footwork, stamina, and mental toughness.”
Although Andover defeated Choate 4-3 just one week before the tournament, the team could not replicate its performance. Third seed Will Way ’17, fifth seed Nash Johnson ’20, and sixth seed Sean Kralik ’19 each lost their matches.
With an early morning departure from campus, Andover ultimately struggled to get warmed up for its first round match, according to Coramutla. While the team’s performance was disappointing, it still feels proud of its success this season, according to Chase Denholm ’18.
Denholm said, “Although it was a disappointing result, I think that it was overall a solid season and we put it all out there on Saturday, Choate just outplayed us.”