The boys played great tonight. #3 singles player, Thomas McGinnis, played a very smart tennis match. He struggled with his big shots, but was smart enough not to have to hit them a whole lot. He put the ball on the court with the right angles, spin, and pace to make his opponent make the first mistake. To do that, players have to keep a cool head when they miss shots that normally work for them. Tonight was one of the first times I saw that from Thomas. He grew as a player and that’s what all coaches are looking for.
Rahi Gajjar and Chris Edwards had some really close matches at 4 and 5 singles. Rahi started slow and struggled with his serve. He came back and played smart against an opponent that came to the net and had really soft hands a good wingspan. The match was up and down. Rahi kept his cool and finished on top of this one. He’s got a ton of heart and is taking big steps to be a leader on this team in the future.
Edwards was solid. He always knows what he should do on the court, but doesn’t always do it. I know that I can always count on him when it matters, though. He is a hustler that gets to every single ball. I love watching the hustle, whether or not the ball gets back in play or not. When I saw the 2nd set went to a tie-break, I knew he had it. He’s been great when it matters so far this year!
Stephen, Taylor, and the #2 doubles team of Sam Dimuzio and Dontrell Whetsell played as good as their scores looked. It was a solid performance from them that hopefully carries over to tomorrow nights match-up against a solid West Ashley team.
Wills defeats Plyler 6-0, 6-0
Reynolds defeats Price 6-0, 6-0
McGinnis defeats Schmedeke 6-1, 6-1
Gajjar defeats Wanish 2-6, 6-3, 10-7
Edwards defeats Daley 6-3, 7-6(7)
Whetsell and Dimuzio defeat Moehling and Firzlaff 6-1, 6-1