Goose Creek visited Summerville for the second time of the year tonight. Our upper classmen took the back seat tonight and let the younger players gain some valuable experience.
8th grader, Rahi Gajjar, played his first match at #1 singles. He played solid tennis all night. He stroked the ball deep and hit angles all night. His touch on his lobs was right on. You could tell there were some nerves right away, but he shook them off quickly and played his game.
7th grader, Sam Dimuzio, also stepped up and played #2 tonight. I don’t know if he breathed the first 3 games of his match. Once he calmed down and started being more aggressive with his strokes, he never looked back. He played the court extremely well, coming in on short balls and using his doubles experience to put away volley after volley.
7th grader, Spicer Pagan, also saw his first varsity points tonight. His ground strokes were well hit and even better placed. I’m really excited in what I’m seeing out of him. He’s working hard on his footwork and starting to become a really solid and consistent player.
9th grader, Vineel Prathipati, dominated his match with his great forehand. He creates a ton of spin and can hit the big angles if you give him short balls. Seeing him play at a high level no matter his opponent is what he needs to do to take the next step up. I think he really did that tonight.
7th grader, William Wimberly, played a tough match. He rolled his opponent in the first set, but played a little more tight in the second set. He was really nervous and just lost his game for a while. He’s a fighter, though, and pulled it out in the end.
9th grader, Maxwell Taylor, and 8th grader, Sebastian Key, had a dominant win at #2 doubles. Sebastian has such good touch on the ball and Maxwell is a beast at the net. The players complimented each other really well tonight.
I’m really proud of the boys. I know that nerves are always going to run high with young players. They had a lot of pressure on them to do well tonight and not let their older teammates down. I have faith in all of these kids and they’ve got a bright future with us. This match gave them some great experience.