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Varsity boys tennis defeats South Hills

Junior Joseph Shen returns uses a forehand stroke to return the ball.

Varsity boys tennis defeated South Hills 16-2 Wednesday, March 31. 

In the first round, both singles and doubles defeated South Hills’ starting lineup. Singles wins came from sophomore Gabriel Eusebio, junior Kaden Salvador and senior Jimmy Liu scoring 6-2, 6-1 and 6-0, respectively. For doubles, wins came from junior Ahren Van Zee and freshman Noah Salvador, sophomore Aidan Lam and Jeffery Chou and junior Joseph Chen and Vincent Cheong scoring 6-0, 6-4 and 6-2, respectively.

“I decided to stay conservative and wait for the opportunities to come in and hit the aggressive shot,” Eusebio said. “Overall, as a team, we did pretty well having a final score of 16-2. It’s really good to start off with a solid win at the beginning of an official season.”

In the next round, singles wins came from sophomore Eusebio scoring 6-0. The other singles win came from junior Salvador scoring 6-0. For doubles, all three doubles teams defeated South Hills. Van Zee and Salvador scored 7-6 while sophomores Lam and Chou scored 6-3. The last doubles team, juniors Shen and Cheong, scored 6-3.

“I was glad to have been able to bagel their doubles two, as it boosted our confidence. Overall, I was really proud of my partner for his clean clutches and crisp serves that everyone was shocked about and our ability to communicate as a team,” junior Vincent Cheong said.

In the last round, singles wins came from Eusebio and Liu, scoring 6-0 and 6-1. For doubles, all doubles teams defeated South Hills again. The wins came from Van Zee and Salvador scoring 6-0. Lam and Chou along with Shen and Cheong both scored 6-0.

“I think I played well today in general as me and my doubles partner Vincent were able to win all three matches against their doubles one, two and three,” Shen said. “At first we weren’t warmed up, so we made some errors during the first game, but as the opponent’s level increased, me and my partner gradually got into the mood and were able to demonstrate our true skills.” 

By Mia Nam, Photo Manager
Photo by Mia Nam