Tennis vs Barker College

Last weekend’s fixture was against Barker College and there were some brilliant individual and team achievements. However, it would be fair to say that, overall, Barker won the day, with a lion’s share of the victories. Our students tried to the best of their abilities and must be commended for their resilience and sportsmanship over the course of the day.

The composition the 1st and 2nd IV teams, still missing key players, was almost the same as the previous week against Cranbrook. The exception was the return of Angelo Shi (9Sc) who slotted back into the 2nd Team and looked sharp despite his recent absence. The 1st IV aspired to be competitive against the undefeated competition leaders, but this in did not eventuate on the day. The Barker team were too strong in all aspects of play and deserved their 8 sets to love victory. However, there were some periods of competitive play by James Kim (10Ar) and Sam Kang (9La), particularly in the second doubles match. Dylan Guler (11WH) performed well in his singles match, against the number one ranked CAS player, and won some beautifully constructed points over the course of the contest. James Kim likewise played some attractive tennis in the second singles match, particularly in the early stages of the set. Max Knauer (10Ho) and Sam Kang were beaten comprehensively but showed moments of brilliance and exemplary shot-making capabilities, as they transversed a minefield of bomb serves and heavy groundstrokes inflicted upon them by their quality opposition.

Likewise, the 2nd IV went down fighting, with the best result of the day coming from Nathan Tsang (8Du) in his Singles match. Nathan lost narrowly, 4-6, against a cunning and powerful opponent, who surely breathed a sigh of relief after his lucky escape. Returning from injury Angelo Shi was competitive in his singles but conceded to many unforced errors to build enough pressure to take the win. Big serving Jayden Higgins (10He) had to be content with second place in his singles encounter but should be proud of the persistent nature of his performance. Domenic Furfaro (9Ar) played to the best of his ability, exhibiting a flurry of powerful groundstrokes along the way. Both teams are looking to bounce back tomorrow against a more evenly matched opponent in form of Waverley College, and we welcome the return from injury of Finn Taylor.

Jeremy Dykgraaff | MIC Tennis

J. Kim
D. Guler

3rd and 4th IVs

In a season of close matches and near misses, we had assumed no round could provide more tension than the one game loss to St Aloysius’. How wrong we were! The 3rds got off to the ideal start on Saturday with two fine doubles victories. The No. 1 contest showcased great attacking play from both sides – both Justin Yang (12WH) and Liam Ling (12La) executed some remarkable volleys and groundstrokes. Nikhil Kapoor (12Yo) and Daniel Tran (12Ta) were very dominant in the second doubles, allowing their opponents only one game! Unfortunately, the tide then turned, and only Nikhil was able to resist the Barker comeback. Everyone else fought gamely, and at times with tennis of the highest quality, but the Barker boys were as determined as they needed to be. The fixture ended in a tie: 3 sets all, 28 games all. The battle will resume next term.

The 4ths must have decided that their coach didn’t really need too much more tension on a beautiful Saturday morning, or so it seemed. Nick Papadopoulos (11He) and Jack Vine (11Mu) toughed out a 7-5 triumph, while Callum McLeod (12He) and Max Guo (12Ar) crushed their opponents. Three of the four singles were won by Trinity, including another gritty victory to Jack, who overcame both his opponent and the difficulty of getting used to a new racquet. The 5 sets to 1 margin was a true indication of Trinity’s superiority on the day, but I’m sure this will not result in complacency against Waverley College.

Ashley Lucas | Coach

5th and 6th IVs

Last Saturday, both the 5th and 6th IV tennis sides played their best series of matches of the season thus far. Even better, they did so after a set of clear defeats last week. The key difference for the two sides was consistency. That is, despite the unfriendly playing conditions, we made fewer errors and forced the opposition to play ‘the extra shot’ to win the point.

In the 5ths, Kevin Zhang (11Ho) and Alex Zou (12Yo) combined well to win their doubles match 6-2. These two in particular battled adverse conditions, playing on a court which was unsheltered from the blustery weather. Kevin then went on to win his singles 6-2, while Alex lost a close encounter 7-5. While Jt Xia (11Fo) and Young Hoo Cho (11La) missed out on playing doubles, they both performed extremely well to win both their respective singles matches 6-0. Overall, the 5ths won 5 sets to 1.

In the 6ths, John Sakoutis (12Du) and Chris Grubisich (12La) played their best doubles match yet. They showed good synergy throughout and won 6-1. They then made light work of their singles opponents to win both their matches 6-0. The other doubles pairing of Logan Ng (11WJ) and Varun Iyer (11WJ) have had the most consistent stroke play of any of the boys so far this season. They were rewarded for their efforts with a 6-0 win in doubles. They then backed up their performances in singles to win 6-0 and 6-1 respectively.

If the 5ths and 6ths are able to match this level of consistency in the coming weeks, they will be a major threat to any team they come across.

Thomas Thorpe | Coach

10As and 10Bs

Considering the score line of one set to five, the competition between the 10As and the Barker boys was on par. With both doubles matches going to a tie break, our boys looked a bit nervous towards the end of the set and made some uncharacteristic mistakes. Alex Gavrilovic (10Yo) played his singles match differently to his doubles; his shots were not coming off as well as they did in his first match.

Mark Charas (10Ho) looked like the better tennis player in his singles, but doubles faults let him down which cost him the match. Andrew Yang (10Hi) played an exceptional singles game, hitting the ball with control and power, allowing him to get up 6-4.

The 10Bs, although going down and unable to win a set, were very much in the matches against their opponents. The rallies were very enjoyable to watch but that key aspect in tennis is what let them down…. consistency! Unforced errors have been a big part in the 10Bs this season and has cost them matches. Oscar Shen (10Yo) and Jack Burge (10He) played very well and definitely had the ability to win both their matches. Alexander Jacob (10Fo) and Oliver Highett Smith (10Hi) showed glimpses of great tennis but lacked the ability to hit more winners.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

10Cs and 10Ds

First win of the season! Congratulations to Lachlan Chung (10Ho), Ty Garaci (10Ho) and Jackson Dumesich (10WJ) for playing a part in this victory. Jackson is getting better and better every week. Despite losing 2-6 in his singles, Jackson kept up with his opponents in rallies and hit some very nice shots. It was wins all round for Lachlan and Ty, both boys showing off the skills they’ve only showed parts of in the last few weeks. The boys took on board tips that were given to them and it paid off.

The 10Ds once again showed great sportsmanship in their matches, the boys just needing to find some fight in their game to win some easy points. Ashvin Peter (10Ho) and Mark Gadalla (10Fo) played well and hit some really good shots in rallies. Jonathon Liu (10La) played out a really good singles coming back from behind to get his match to 4-6, but unfortunately unable to finish off vital points.

Danielle Calvi | Coach

9As and 9Bs

The As played Barker this Saturday at Haberfield Tennis centre on a very cold morning. This turned out to be a very difficult fixture as the depth of the Barker tennis program was too much for Trinity. The boys performed admirably and fought till the end, but Barker were ultimately a class above, winning all six matches comfortably.

It was a similar story for the Bs as the Barker boys proved to be too good on the day. Despite losing, the Trinity boys should be proud of their efforts and their sportsmanlike conduct in defeat. Special mention goes to Finn Hutchinson (9Fo) and Matthew Vickery (9WJ) who had the closest matches of the fixture. In particular, Matthew saved a couple of match points and showed great fighting spirit in his match, producing some brilliant shots under pressure.

Ritvik Dinesh | Coach

9Cs and 9Ds

With a lot of changes to the team this week due to injury and absentees, it was always going to be difficult against a strong Barker side. Unfortunately, despite Trinity’s best efforts, Barker were able to win all fixtures. Special mention goes to William Deller (9Ho) and Luke Savage (9La) who played a brilliant doubles match, mixing tenacity with patience and consistency. They were unfortunate to go down 4-6 in the end but should be congratulated on pushing their opponents all the way.

Ritvik Dinesh | Coach

8As and 8Bs

The 8As were trying hard to get a win from Barker this round but they unfortunately lost 6 sets to 0. Maxi Tsai (8Fo) and James Davies (8St) seemed to be trying hard in their doubles game; both boys were hitting well but need to improve upon communicating during points. Maxi at times played some good points. His serves were very strong and consistent, but he was playing his best tennis when he was at the net. He just needs to be mindful when hitting groundstrokes that he needs to try and control the ball a bit more. James was hitting a bit more consistently this round. His serves and groundstrokes were consistent, but he needs to work on his footwork a lot more as he seems to be finding it difficult to recover and continue the point after some shots. Travis Ng (8WJ) and Christian Laurens (8La) played well during their doubles match; the boys had good communication and were a good doubles pair this weekend. Travis at times was hitting the ball well but similarly to James, he needs to focus on recovering and getting ready for the next shot as he seems to struggle getting around the court. Christian was hitting quite well over the weekend; his groundstrokes and volleys were strong and consistent. He just needs to focus on improving the consistency of his serves.

The 8Bs had a tough round against Barker over the weekend losing 6 sets to 0. Matteo Larrota (8Sc) and Mitchell Bowden (8La) tried hard on the weekend. During their doubles, the boys were playing well but did not seem to communicate very well during points. Mitchell was hitting some good shots over the weekend and was quite consistent. However, he should try to focus on improving his volleys, because during the doubles he seemed to be struggling with returning shots while he was close at the net. Matteo was playing well; he was quick on the court and was hitting good groundstrokes consistently. He just needs to improve upon his serves by adding a bit more pace and topspin. Jonathan Ly (8Sc) and Ravin Chowdhury (8Fo), both tried hard this past weekend. Once again, these boys were moved up from the Bs, so this was a challenging match-up for them. Jonathan was playing very well during his matches; he was quick on the court and he was hitting groundstrokes very consistently. Ravin also tried his best and was hitting consistent serves and groundstrokes. He just needs to try and move around the court a bit more and work on his footwork when hitting groundstrokes.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

8Cs and 8Ds

The 8Cs boys played very well and tried their hardest to get the win over the weekend, but they unfortunately lost 4 sets to 2. Grayson Doig (8He) and Leopold Vo (8WH) played well again together over the weekend winning their doubles match 7-5. The boys are a great match-up, they have not lost a doubles match this season and they both seem to have great teamwork and communication. Grayson was playing well and tried very hard to get the win over the weekend but lost by a couple games. He was quick to the ball and his serves were consistent. He just needs to try hitting his groundstrokes with a bit more pace and topspin. Leopold was playing very well over the weekend and won both his doubles and singles matches. His serves were very strong and consistent this weekend along with his groundstrokes. Elliot Russell (8Fo) and Gabe Stavropoulos (8WH) were playing well together over the weekend and came close to a win in their doubles. Elliot was serving better this weekend, but he just needs to work on improving his consistency and increasing his pace with his groundstrokes. Gabe was also playing well. He tried hard to get the win in his singles but lost just by a couple games. He had good footwork and he at times hit some great winners and dropshots.

The 8Ds played well over the weekend, but unfortunately not many games were played due to forfeits from Barker, meaning 8Ds came away with a win over the weekend. James Cicuta (8He) and Brendan Holden (8WJ) played well in both their singles and doubles games. The boys are a great pairing; they communicate well as a team and play well when they are together. James was hitting some good serves over the weekend, but he needs to focus on his form and footwork with his groundstrokes. Brendan also played well over the weekend, he was hitting consistent groundstrokes, but he needs to focus on improving his serves and his movement speed on the court.

Tristan Kontonis | Coach

8Es

The 8E tennis side relished their opportunity to play their first game of the season. Despite being one player short on Saturday, all the boys volunteered to play an extra match so that each member of the opposition had the chance to play.

Casey Chan (8WJ) and Marcus Yang (8Mu) played a well-fought doubles match, but were ultimately overpowered and went down 6-4. Both boys should be acclaimed for improving their overall stroke play in recent weeks at training, and being able to replicate this improvement in the match scenario. Both boys are also developing more accurate and powerful serves, in particular Casey, who served multiple aces.

Benny Chen (8Du) played two singles matches. While he lost his first 3-6, he was able to comeback strongly in his second, to win 6-2. In the latter match, Benny played some well-directed forehands which allowed him to run his opponent all throughout the court. Benny and Casey then paired up to win the second doubles match 6-2, courtesy of some strong volleys from Benny and elusive drop shots from Casey.

Thomas Thorpe | Coach

7As and 7Bs

This week, the As and Bs went up against a closely matched Barker side. Both the As and Bs displayed great tennis, but the lack of consistency resulted in the As losing 1(17) – 5(32), whilst the Bs had a relatively close result, coming short by six games, 2(23) – 4(29).

In the As, Khang Nguyen (7WH) and Noah Figliuzzi (7Fo), much like last week, started their match poorly, with lack of energy and focus on court, allowing their opponents to grab early games in the set. Khang and Noah were able to regain focus, but the lack of momentum allowed their opponents to win 1 – 6. Hugo Newman (7St) and Alejandro Molina (7Ke) played well given the poor weather conditions, but the lack of focus and composure on the game resulted in lack of communication, allowing their opponents to grab the win 3 – 6.

In singles, Khang was unable to find the necessary attacking prowess to challenge his opponent, resulting in a myriad of errors and misplays on court resulting in a loss. Khang was able to smash out very strong groundstrokes, but the lack of variety on court and use of slices or dropshots resulted in Khang missing out on many great attacking opportunities. This week, Noah demonstrated great tennis, starting very strong into the match, unleashing great groundstrokes, and forcing errors from his opponent. A positive to this match was that Noah was able to ignore the conventional unforced errors and continue playing the next point. He should continue with this strong mindset into next week. Alejandro played a very close match, trading winners and errors with his opponent. However, the lack of composure and inconsistency on court resulted in a plethora of errors which gave his opponent easy points, resulting in a loss. For future matches, Alejandro should take the time to adapt to the environment and weather conditions and think about the necessary tactical changes required to give himself an advantage over his opponent. Similarly, Hugo also lacked the necessary instincts to change his game plans given the weather conditions and environment, but despite the close loss, he played well.

In the Bs, Ishaan Sharma (7Ar) and Jared Arnold (7Yo) played well in a very close game of doubles, where positive reinforcement and focus allowed them to grab the win 6 – 4. Ujwal Yadem (7Fo) and CJ Nguyen(7Yo) similarly played a close game of doubles but were unable to take the win due to the lack of communication. In singles, Ishaan played with good energy and focus but lacked the instinct to attack the ball and often opted to slow grind with the opponent trading lob shots. This resulted in many errors which allowed the opponent to snatch the win 4 – 6. Ishaan should focus on ripping the ball more with confidence. This week, Jared performed very well, where his strong groundstrokes placed his opponent in a bad position, which helped him win 6 – 1.

Ujwal lacked the energy and composure on court this week and was unable to perform at his best. This resulted in a range of missed attacking opportunities and errors which resulted in a loss. Similarly, CJ demonstrated he was unable to find the necessary tools to challenge his opponent and was pushed to the defence many times during the match, which allowed his opponent to take the win 3 – 6.

Despite the loss this week, the boys played well given the very poor weather conditions. However, we must not use this as an excuse for the losses as our opponents faced the same conditions. Instead, it is now clear that both the boys in the As and Bs need further improvement in doubles, especially communication and tactics. Similarly, in individual singles, boys need to begin to become more aware about where their opponents are on the court and recognize which shot would be the most advantageous.

Edward Lai | Coach

7Cs and 7Ds

This week, the Cs and Ds performed very well against a well-matched barker side. The Cs were able to pinch the victory by four games at three sets all, with great performances all around the board. Similarly, the Ds played admirably and were able to take the win 4 (31) sets to 2 (21).

In the Cs, Daniel Villategallagher (7Ke) and Alexander Ren (7St) played a great game of doubles, communicating well and remaining tactically sound throughout the match, which allowed them to grab the win 6 – 2. Similarly, Alexander Kountouris (7Mu) and Gregory Kariatlis (7La) were able to easily dispatch their opponents with great groundstrokes and serving, going on to win 6 – 1. In singles, Daniel faced a tough opponent who was very well matched in terms of consistency. Daniel displayed great determination and effort but came short, losing 3 – 6 in a greatly contested match. Similarly, Alexander played his closest match by far in the season, trading strong groundstrokes with his opponent. However, it came to a final tiebreaker and despite coming short 2 points going down 6(5) – 7(7), Alexander’s performance is to be commended. Alexander Kountouris displayed great determination and effort on court, which gave him an advantage over his opponent, allowing him to pull away with a 6 – 4 win. Despite Gregory’s strong serves and groundstrokes, the lack of consistency on the day resulted in a 3 – 6 loss. Gregory should see this as a learning opportunity to further improve on consistency instead of pure grit and power.

In the Ds, Jonathan Che (7La) and Aakash Viswanathan (7Ta) played with great positive reinforcement and energy. It was clear that they enjoyed themselves on the court, which allowed them to close out a close 7 – 5 win. Barker had an absentee on the day, forcing them to forfeit the second round of doubles. In singles, Jonathan played with great focus and consistency, allowing him to grab the win 6 – 4. Aakash wasn’t as fortunate on the day, as a plethora of unforced errors gave his opponent free points, placing him behind and resulting in a 4 – 6 loss. Similarly, despite Alexander Hales’ effort on court, he was not able to snatch the win as he was unable to find a weakness in his opponent’s game to exploit, resulting in many errors and missed attacking opportunities. Joshua Jeung (7He) played a friendly game with Barker’s D3 as their D4 was missing, and despite going down 4 – 6, Josh played very well considering it’s his first time experiencing competitive tennis.

The Cs and Ds played very well today given the rough weather conditions and demonstrated their abilities well. The boys should continue to work on their consistency and learn to recognise attacking opportunities when they arise. This will ultimately allow them to have an edge over their opponents, bringing more wins as they improve.

Edward Lai | Coach


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