The Boys’ Latin varsity tennis team looks very skilled and determined to take down their rival, the St. Paul’s Crusaders, at their home opener of the 2015-2016 season.
Since the late 1800s, Boys’ Latin and St. Paul’s have been fierce rivals going head to head in the most popular of high school sports, especially tennis. No matter how great BL looks at the beginning of each season, St. Paul’s seems to always put up a tough fight each time.
This match promises to provide a show. Battling to the final point, this match is sure to be a match for the ages. Hopefully, the spectators can see how crucial this rivalry is and come out and support their teams, offering signs of encouragement with their presence.
A home opener is a perfect way for the Lakers to start off their season. With the match just four weeks away, BL is trying to up their game with strength training. The team has implemented a new workout regimen that is guaranteed to increase their fitness level come match play.
Coming off a 4-4 season and a 3-2 loss to Mt. St. Joe in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Lakers are looking to avenge their early exit and put up numbers that will lead them to victory.
Boys’ Latin’s website stated that this is BL’s first home opener within the last few years, which is key for the team as it signifies home court advantage.
For Coach Magee, BL Tennis has an “exceptionally strong squad this year. The squad has two, four-year seniors, Joey Mallon and Brett Blum, along with MIAA “A” Conference contenders Joey Mallon and Jimmy Magee in 2015.” Magee is confident that the team will sweep the singles points as St. Paul’s graduated their #1 and #2 singles players from last year.
According to junior Jimmy Magee, “Our team matches up really well versus St. Paul’s; they are a young team with a lot of experience. I’m feeling good about this match.” He also feels as though the team’s biggest strength is that they have “five returning starters out of the seven spots.”
Junior Griffin McShane feels the same and believes that the team has the “heart and chemistry to match up well against any team.” He also considers “our leadership to be top tier in the MIAA,” and believes that “we have such an array of athletes and tennis gurus who just know how to play the game right.”
Senior Joey Mallon expressed his opinion of the team this year and shared “our depth in talent this year will be too much for St. Paul’s to handle.” Mallon believes that the varsity squad had a decent year last year, but there is always room for improvement, in his opinion.
Hearing from these players, it is safe to say that the Lakers are quite confident in their lineup this year. Their fitness training seems promising, and the leadership from the upperclassmen only adds to the success the team will witness in the near future. Tennis is on the way up at BL and will only get better with time.