By PAIGE SAENGSOUVANNA
Varsity Boys Tennis team competed in a tournament for Regionals last weekend, hoping to win the title of Regional Champions after coming back from a loss from CIF.
The first match played was against Pacific Palisades. Motivated and hungry for a win, senior doubles team Julian Lafond and Patryk Kolowski won their first match 6-0 and 6-0. Senior Naevin Anukornchaikul pulled out a tight victory 7-5, 3-6, and 6-2 in his singles match. Team captain Leo Krapp comments on his hard work and ethic, putting UHS ahead. “He had a big day, pulling off an emotionally exhausting singles win before moving to doubles in the second round. He kept up his intense level of focus throughout the day and set the tone for the rest of the team,” said Krapp. The final score ended with UHS pulling off a win, scoring 7-0.
UHS moved onto the semi-finals, matched against their rival Harvard Westlake. As a team, they discussed their lineup for hours, finally agreeing upon one lineup that they thought was best. Pumped and eager to play, Lafond also felt tense and anxious, knowing that this could be the last game UHS tennis plays this year and shares how he felt before the game started. “ I did our team cheer as loud as I could, knowing that this might be the last time. As the match began, I was nervous. But I knew I had to play my role for my team. I relaxed myself and I gained confidence.” said Lafond.
Despite the intensity and anxiousness, Lafond and Kolowski yet again won their doubles match 6-2 and 6-1 against Harvard Westlake’s number one doubles team. “Patryk and I played one of our best matches together… It felt amazing to get revenge against our opponents.” said Lafond. UHS’s number one singles player Aditya Gupta also won his match with ease, winning 6-1 and 6-4.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team was not able to keep up with Harvard Westlake and the final score resulted to a loss of 2-5. Although, senior captain Kolowski took this defeat as motivation and hope for next year’s team to carry UHS’s renowned legacy. “I sincerely hope that these devastating losses will motivate this storied program to work harder and play harder for what has the potential to be a great future,” Kolowski said.