Round 1 vs St Aloysius’ College
The Combined Associated Schools Winter Tennis competition commenced last weekend with the opening match of the season being contested against St Aloysius’ College. On a perfect Autumn morning, it was refreshing to witness the return to more normalised sporting activities, with all students rearing to compete. Overall, our students played well with eight winning teams, including the 1st IV, 2nd IV, 4th IV, 10BD, 9AB and the 7Cs. Other excellent results were recorded by the 8A team who managed a draw and the 8C and D teams who drew 3-3 all on sets but lost narrowly on games.
The new look 1st IV which included two debutantes, Fin Taylor (9La) and James Kim (10Ar), were slow to start, being outplayed in the Doubles component of the match. On completion of the Doubles, our students faced a 1-3 deficit on the scoreboard with the Trinity supporters looking slightly pensive, courtside. It wasn’t quite time to panic, but greater application and concentration were needed if the team was to turn the tide and secure a comeback victory. James Kim started the ball rolling with an emphatic 6-4 win after trailing 1-4. On the adjacent court, Dylan Guler (11WH) found the confidence that was lacking in his Doubles, hitting his younger opponent off the court with an impressive array of power and control. Captain Max Nguyen (11Yo) was the next Trinitarian to secure victory as the team marched back towards the verge of Victory. Max systematically dismantled his aggressive opponent, denying him any foothold in the match – the final score being 6-2. Finn Taylor, not wanting to be left out of the winner’s circle, followed suit with another generous win for the team. Finn played steadily with great confidence and purpose, winning 6-2. It was an admirable team comeback which warrants acknowledgement, though better application and cohesion will need to be the order of the day in the Doubles, if they want to be competitive against Knox tomorrow.
The 2nd IV comprising Sam Kang (9La), Angelo Shi (9Sc), Max Knauer (10Ho) and Jayden Higgins (10He) combined for the first time ever and registered a dominant 6-2 win against their less able opponents. All team members displayed good teamwork and sportsmanship in a cohesive display, in both the Singles and Doubles components of the match. Sam did well, holding his nerve in his singles to serve out the match, after numerous deuce points. Angelo played exceptionally well against a quality opponent in his singles and was unlucky not to emerge with a win after the very close encounter. Max was too dominant in both his Doubles and Singles and registered strong wins in all sets. He will be a player to watch in the coming weeks as the competition heats up. Finally, Jayden Higgins played admirably in the Doubles backing it up with a solid Singles performance. Well done to all students!
Jeremy Dykgraaff | MIC Tennis
3rd and 4th IV Report
The 3rds faced some serious opposition last Saturday, while the 4ths had a much easier time of it.
Both doubles teams in the 3rds had to fight hard, and both lost by only one break of serve. Down 0-2, the boys had to play their singles matches under real pressure. Daniel Tran (12Ta), at No.4, rose to the occasion and won his singles 6-1. Nikhil Kapoor (12Yo) hit enough trademark forehands to take revenge for the doubles loss as well. However, the remaining two singles matches could not be secured. Despite an admirable fightback (actually, repeated fightbacks!) from Justin Yang (12WH), the final singles – which we needed – was lost 6-7. Justin hit some remarkable groundstrokes, especially off the forehand wing, but his opponent kept matching him. An indication of how close the matches were is the game count: we won only two of the six sets, but won 29 games to their 30.
The 4ths began very well by winning both doubles matches. Well done to Nick Papadopoulos (11He) and Jack Vine (11Mu), as well as Callum McLeod (12He) and Kevin Zhang (11Ho). Nick attacked in his singles with all of his usual venom, off the ground and at the net, to dismiss his singles adversary 6-0, while Callum achieved the same scoreline with his customary consistency. Playing as a substitute at No.4, Kevin showed he belongs in this company with a very solid 6-1 victory.
While we have come to expect this from our Trinity tennis teams, it should still be stated: However good the quality of tennis on display at the weekend, none of it could match the boys’ sportsmanship. The standard has been set, and I have no doubt it will be maintained.
Ashley Lucas | Coach
Year 10A and 10B Report
It was a tough round to start the season off for the 10As, going down 6 sets to 0 but showing some real glimpses of talent and positive things to come. Beier Chen (10Yo) and Mark Charas (10Ho) looked to be the stronger pairing out of the two, but unfortunately not taking advantage of opportunities that were handed to them. Andrew Yang (10Hi) and Alexander Jacob (10Fo) played well but lacked consistency in rallies. Beier and Andrew both played amazing singles; they just found it hard to put away some easy winners.
The 10Bs were unstoppable in their first round against St Aloysius’, the boys getting up 5 sets to 1. Oliver Highett-Smith (10Hi) and Jack Burge (10He) played out a tight doubles match together, winning the set 6-4. Oscar Shen (10Yo) and Jackson Dumesich (10WJ) were in fine form, taking their doubles out 6-2. Jack and Oscar showed a lot of consistency and pace on their shots in their singles, with both boys walking away with a win. Jackson did incredibly well, stepping up a number of positions to play in the Bs and winning his first match of the season.
Danielle Calvi |Coach
Year 10C and 10D Report
The 10Cs had a tough match against St Aloysius’, with all the boys putting up a good fight and with some quality tennis shown. Due to some shuffling around of positions, Jonathan Shih (10Fo) found himself playing up in the Cs. With lack of match play practice, Jonathon struggled to find his feet but showed he has the potential with some amazing forehand winners. Lachlan Chung (10Ho) played out an epic singles battle; Lachlan played some very strong style hitting but needs to find some consistency in his game. A big well done must go to Ty Garaci (10Ho) and Will Bryan (10Du), with both boys winning their singles set 6-4. Ty and Will played amazing tennis with strong serves and consistent rallies which won them their games.
What a start for the 10Ds, winning the day 5 sets to 1. Vivek Singleton (10WH) and James Valiozis (10Yo) played a fantastic doubles match together showing amazing skills in their groundstrokes. Vivek went on to wipe his opponent off the court in his singles 6-1, whereas James was on the other end of the scale playing out a long match that saw him lose in a tie break. Jonathon Liu (10La) played a great singles match, stsarting slow and then finding his feet and winning his match 6-2. Unfortunately, Alex Ward’s (10Mu) opponent failed to show up, Alex played a friendly against St Aloysius’ C3 and did extremely well for his first-ever competitive match.
Danielle Calvi | Coach
9As and 9Bs
The As had a dominant weekend against St Aloysius’, winning all six of the matches played. In the doubles, Domenic Furfaro (9Ar) hit some explosive serves and coupled with James Chan’s (9La) superb groundstrokes, the pair never looked in any doubt, winning 6-2. It was a similar story in the other doubles match with Lawrence Hoe (9Yo) and Kavi Suri (9Yo) also winning 6-2, combining consistent hitting with a touch of flair to produce a solid performance. Domenic continued his great serving in his singles match and was ruthless from the baseline, winning 6-0. Not to be outdone, James played an electrifying match, coming home with another 6-0 win by blasting winners and never losing control of the match. Lawrence imposed his authority on his singles match by playing aggressive but intelligent tennis to win 6-1. To cap it off, Kavi also won his match 6-2 by out-hitting his opponent with consistency and pressuring him into mistakes.
The Bs were also too good for St Alo’s, winning every match played. Tom North (9Hi) and Beau Moller (9Yo) were dominant in their doubles match, not giving their opponents an inch as they romped to a 6-0 victory. Tom also produced some highlight-reel stuff in his singles match as he came away with a superb 6-1 win. Likewise, Beau was a class above his opponent and cruised to a 6-1 win. Matthew Zeederberg (9Ho) was clinical in his singles match, making very few errors and hitting some great groundstrokes in his 6-1 win. In the final singles match, Finn Hutchinson (9Fo) also played a brilliant match, combining solid serving with consistent pressure from the baseline to win 6-3.
Ritvik Dinesh | Coach
8As and 8Bs
The Year 8 As played well in the first round against St. Aloysius’, with the boys’ effort this round resulting in a draw. Nathan Tsang (8Du) and Christopher Lowe (8Ho) played well together during their doubles match. Nathan was very consistent during his singles; he had great foot work and movement on the court and at times he hit some fantastic groundstroke winners. He also hit some very strong and consistent serves which helped him to win both the singles and doubles. Same goes for Christopher; he was quick to the ball and his form was on point. Christopher’s serves were very strong along with his groundstrokes. Maxi Tsai (8Fo) and James Davies (8St) played some great tennis together, with both boys playing some great rallies and hitting some great shots. Maxi hit some great serves which were at times very strong and consistent, and he was quick to the ball. James was also quick on his feet during his matches and his forehands were quite consistent.
The Year 8 Bs played well on the weekend but unfortunately lost this round against St. Aloysius’. Travis Ng (8WJ) and Christian Laurens (8La) played well together, they had great communication and teamwork during their doubles. Travis’ groundstrokes and serves were quite consistent, and his serves in particular were very strong at times. Christian also played well in this first round. His serves were consistent, but his volleys were his strongest shot over the weekend.
Matteo Larrota (8Sc) and Mitchell Bowden (8La) also played well together against St. Aloysius’. They had good communication and movement during their doubles game and both boys performed well during their singles. Matteo was hitting some great forehands and backhands during his matches. Mitchell was also playing very well and consistently this round, with his serves and groundstrokes very strong.
Tristan Kontonis | Coach
8Cs and 8Ds
The Year 8 Cs boys tried their best this first round and came very close to a win, but lost by two games. Ravin Chowdhury (8Fo) and Jonathan Ly (8Sc) tried their best this past weekend. They both had good communication during their doubles and they both at times had some great rallies throughout their individual singles matches. Ravin was particularly strong with his groundstrokes and Jonathan’s serves were quite consistent. Leopold Vo (8WH) and Grayson Doig (8He) played quite well together, winning their doubles and singles games. They were hitting the ball well and were quick moving around the court. Leopold played some great points in both his matches. His serves were very strong and quite consistent. Grayson also played very well in his first round; his groundstrokes were great and in particular his forehand was very consistent.
The Year 8 Ds did very well over the weekend and came very close to a win but lost by two games against St. Aloysius’. Elliot Russell (8Fo) and Gabe Stavropoulos (8WH) played well and communicated well as a pair and won their first round of doubles. Elliot played well; his groundstrokes and serves were very consistent. Gabe also played very well; he was consistent all round, but mostly his groundstrokes were quite strong. James Cicuta (8He) and Brendan Holden (8WJ) both played very well together, the boys both having great energy and communication. They ended up playing very well as a doubles pair and won their first round of doubles this season. James was playing very consistently this round, and his forehands and serves were his most consistent shots this round. Brendan also played great this round, winning his first singles match of the season, where he was hitting some great groundstrokes and volleys this round.
Tristan Kontonis | Coach
7As and 7Bs
This week, the As and Bs faced a fierce St Aloysius’ side. The As played their hearts out and tied 3 – 3 in sets, but lost in games (25 – 34). The Bs performed valiantly, but were unable to overcome their opponents, losing 2 (28) – 4 (32), with a very close game score.
In the As, Khang Nguyen (7WH) and Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo), played with positivity and great communication, but the lack of consistency and communication resulted in many easy points for their opponents, who overwhelmed the pair. Hugo Newman (7St) and Alejandro Molina (7Ke) played an extremely tough game, with both sides smashing out winners and forcing errors. However, they were unable to come away with the win. Khang played with great intensity and positivity, overcoming his opponent in a close match (7 – 5). Similarly, despite the slow start, Noah played with powerful groundstrokes and consistency. His great efforts on the court helped him edge over his opponent, taking the win in the final tiebreak (7 (7) – 6(4)). Despite Alejandro’s efforts and the court, a slow start placed him in a tough position and was overcome by his opponent. Hugo played a very long and enduring match, with both sides slugging away solid groundstrokes and winners. His efforts were not in vain as he was able to grab the win 7 – 5 in a very well-fought match.
In the Bs, Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) and Jared Arnold (7Yo) played a great match, but a plethora of unforced errors allowed their opponents to best them in the match. Ujwal Yadem (7Fo) and CJ Nguyen (7Yo) played a riveting doubles match against similarly matched opponents, demonstrating their consistency and ability to force errors from their opponents, and winning 6 – 2. Ishaan played with great energy on the court but was unable to pull away with the win, going down 3 – 6. Similarly, despite Jared’s best efforts, he was unable to find a way to force his opponent on the defence, resulting in a loss. Ujwal played brilliant tennis; most notably his powerful groundstrokes and good habit of not pushing the ball. His efforts allowed him to grab the win 7 – 5. CJ played a great game of singles against a well-matched opponent, with both sides hitting great groundstrokes and engaging in long rallies. CJ was unlucky and fell short in the final tiebreak 6 (3) – 7 (7). Given that this is the first match of the season, both the As and Bs performed very well today. There is still much to improve, so I hope the boys reflect on the matches they played, noting down both the positives and negatives in their game.
Edward Lai | Coach
7Cs and 7Ds
This week, the Cs and Ds faced a competitive St Aloysius’ side. The Cs’ performance was very impressive for their first fixture of the season, winning 4(37) – 1(26). The Ds played with great energy on the court but were not able to come away with the win against very strong opponents. In the Cs, Daniel Villate-Gallagher(7Ke) and Alexander Ren (7St), played a very competitive game of doubles, with both players demonstrating great communication and determination to win 7 – 5. Similarly, Alexander Kountouris (7Mu) and Gregory Kariatlis (7La) performed admirably against similarly matched opponents, taking the win 6 – 4. Daniel played with great intensity and positivity but was unable to overcome his consistent opponent, falling short 4 – 6. Alexander showcased very impressive tennis, where through his consistent serves and groundstrokes, he took the win 6 – 3. Similarly, Alexander Kountouris demonstrated his determination and desire to win on the court as he was able to overcome his opponent 7 – 1 in the final tiebreak. Gregory breezed through his opponent 6 – 2, playing great consistent tennis, with a variety of different shots to force errors from his opponent.
In the Ds, Jonathan Che (7La) and Jordan Fudeh (7Yo) played with good energy but a plethora of unforced errors and lack of communication on the court allowed their opponents to pull away with the win. Aakash Viswanathan (7Ta) and Alexander Hales (7Ar) played a riveting doubles match against similarly matched opponents, demonstrating their consistency and ability to force errors from their opponents. However, their opponents were able to take the win 5 – 7. Unfortunately, despite Jonathan’s best efforts on the court he was not able to overcome his opponent, going down 3– 6. Jordan played brilliant tennis, where his consistent groundstrokes gave him the edge to take the win 6 – 2. Aakash played a great game of singles against a well-matched opponent, however, unforced errors put him behind, and allowed his opponent to run away with the win 3 – 6. Alexander played with great energy and resolve but he was not able to overcome his opponent.
Both the Cs and Ds have played very well for the first fixture of the season against a very strong St Aloysius’ side. All the players should reflect on the matches they have played today and, whether the result was a win or a loss, use this as a learning experience to recognise the specific areas that need further improvement in their game.
Edward Lai | Coach
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