By Valeria Araujo – Staff Reporter
The Law girls and boys tennis teams have high hopes entering the spring season.
Last year, the girls team had one of its most successful seasons in decades. They qualified for the SCC tournament for the second year in a row, qualified for the state tournament as a team for the first time in 10 years, and won a division title for the first time in 34 years. The team’s 10 wins were its most since 2004.
The team is confident it can repeat many of those accomplishments this year.
“Last year was an amazing year but this year has the potential to be even better,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “The girls have worked so hard since last season to get ready for this year and we have a lot of talent from top to bottom in our lineup.”
The captains for this year’s team are seniors Sravya Jaladanki, Raeven Grant, and Sofya Calvin. Key singles players this year are sophomores Victoria Contaxis and Megan Gleason and junior Emma Shea. Sophomores Trisha Brady, Maeve Rourke, and Deepika Senthilnathan and senior Hayley Sanchez will be important doubles players.
Contaxis said she enjoys how exciting and close some matches can be.
“I love how intense it can get,” Contaxis said.
Several members of the team said they enjoy the family atmosphere that develops over the course of the year.
“With only 16 members on the team, we all become really close during the season and it’s great because it creates an amazing atmosphere that makes playing all the more fun,” Jaladanki said. “It’s actually funny because it get’s to the point at the end of every year where we still opt to practice even after the season is over just because we all love playing and being together.”
Although the boys team only won three matches last season, they believe they have a chance to be better this year.
“As a team we’re looking to get as many wins as we can, and we’re all looking forward to working together so we can all improve collectively,” said senior captain Amar Almidani.
They also plan to redeem themselves this season by training hard and playing even harder.
“Individually, we’re all looking to improve and step up our games so we can get as many wins as possible this year, and the only way to do that is by working hard at practice and showing dedication to the sport is the only way to do that,” Almidani said.
The boys team will be led by junior Bobby Phong, who qualified for the state tournament individually last season.
“One of my favorite parts about tennis here at Law is being able to have a team to support you during the matches,” Phong said.