Summerville 2, Oceanside 4
#1. Matthew Kirk (OCA) def. Sam Dimuzio 6-2, 6-4
#2. Haagan Williams (OCA) def. Dontrell Whetsell 6-2, 6-0
#3. Sam Blount (OCA) def. Rahi Gajjar 6-1, 6-3
#4. Jack Hughes (OCA) def. Vineel Prathipati 6-1, 6-1
#5. Spicer Pagan (SHS) def. JT Ramey 7-5, 6-4
#2. William Wimberly / Edward Naval (SHS) def. J. Iacofano / J. Soto 6-2, 0-6, 10-6
Man, I’m proud of these boys tonight. All season they have been talking about what a tough match-up we would have against Oceanside. Although they showed us how good they were, we also learned a little about ourselves tonight. My boys played hard, confident tennis.
Naval and Wimberly played stellar tonight. The first set of tennis, they played aggressively, pumped each other up, and won big points. They had a slight back-set in the second set, losing it 6-0. They played well, but the momentum was in favor of the Landsharks. We started the tie-break, and the boys knew how many more points they needed for the win. Again, Naval and Wimberly were amazing from the baseline and solid at the net. They took over the tie-break, and didn’t let negative plays affect their next point. Proud to coach these two gentlemen!
Spicer Pagan had a huge night as well. He moved like I’ve never seen him move tonight. His opponent had a great strategy of moving him up and then lobbing him, but Spicer ran down every ball. Spicer took control of each set at the time that it mattered most. While Pagan was definitely feeling pressure, he never let it show during the match. I believe that’s why he came out on top. He is a very mature 8th grader that keeps impressing me as a coach!
Sam also played a great match at #1. He keeps getting better and better. Tonight Sam and Matthew played corner to corner, hard hitting tennis. It was a joy to watch them set points up and finish them.
Whetsell, Gajjar, and Prathipati played much better than the score showed. Tonight wasn’t their night. Mental games got a little down, but they definitely weren’t over matched. There are a lot of good things the boys can take away from their losses tonight.
We got beat by a better team tonight. However, we gave them everything we had, and could have pulled it out. We need to keep growing our game and our confidence. This young team has had a lot of great experience this year that will help them get to the next level. Our next 3 matches will determine who wins the region. I’m confident that if the boys play like they have been and stick together, they will put themselves in a good position to bring the region title home!