Last Tuesday, April 4th, the Boys’ Latin tennis team traveled up Charles Street to Loyola Blakefield to compete in their first match of the season.
A few weeks ago, leading up to the match, star tennis player Griffin McShane tore his ACL and will be out for the entire season.
Despite losing the senior leader due to injury, the season must go on. “It’s not a complete season ruiner but it definitely hurts. We have guys that can step up in his place, but his experience starting for the past two years is unmatched,” said senior captain Jimmy Magee.
Although the Lakers lost an important player, the match was still extremely close. The final score was 3-2 with Loyola winning. Magee said that it was a tough match with wins at 1 singles and 1 doubles, but in the third set of the deciding match, the Lakers lost.
“We played well, [senior] Logan McWilliams and I won our match and Jimmy won his match, but we lost as a whole,” said Ryan Stellman, who is also a senior on the tennis team.
Stellman also included how tight-knit the team is this season. They all wear matching head bands in practices and games.
Even though the Lakers came up short during this match, junior star David Ullrich is not worried at all for the rest of the season. Ullrich believes that if it was not their first match, they would have won. Overall, Ullrich seems very excited for the rest of the season.
Magee is also not worried about moving forward. Magee said, “Moving forward, our team is only going to get better with experience and match play. We have the chance to be a real title contender.”
The senior-led tennis team at Boys’ Latin has been together for over two years now, and they are ready to leave Lake Ave with a championship. The Lakers have a big one coming up and need support as they travel to St. Paul’s to play against the Crusaders. Go watch the seniors as they lead their team to the championship.