The boys played their best matches of the year tonight, and it was needed as James Island had really stepped up their games this year. I was incredibly proud of the growth I’ve seen in such a short time. The nerves came during all of our matches, but the boys were able to shake it off and play loose.
At #1 Singles, Sam Dimuzio played a great match, however lost to Neo James in two sets. Sam started off playing good, strong tennis, and making few errors, forcing James to make the more errors. As the match went on, James started making fewer errors, and same over hit. I’m proud of him for staying aggressive and know that this match will help him in the long run.
Thomas McGinnis played the best match I’ve seen him play mentally against James Island’s #2, Riley Kiser. Kiser tried to push Thomas over the edge, but he kept his cool and stayed calm during big points. Thomas is so good at absorbing his opponents balls and changing pace during a point. It was a pleasure to watch his match tonight.
An #3 Singles, Dontrell Whetsell made me coach him tonight. He took control in the first set, and was on his way to the win in the second, when Nick Kiser changed his game. Dontrell tensed up for a few games, but really played a strong 3rd set tie-breaker. He played smart tennis and was aggressive when he needed to be. This was also the best I’ve seen Dontrell play in a Varsity match.
Rahi Gajjar was on fire tonight. His serve and backhand were unstoppable. He attacked the ball and didn’t give his opponent any opportunities to get in the point.
Spicer Pagan stepped in at #5 tonight and had another solid showing. He won the first set easily, but played a close second set. Spicer stayed positive and never looked shaken.
Our #2 doubles team of William Wimberly and Edward Naval played a strong, aggressive match as well. They’ve played together a few times, and each time, they get a little better. Naval moves extremely well on the doubles court and is very precise with his volleys. Wimberly has great groundstrokes and placement from the baseline. They really compliment each other.
#1. Neo James (JI) def. Sam Dimuzio 6-3, 6-1
#2. Thomas McGinnis (Sum) def. Riley Kiser 6-2, 6-1
#3. Dontrell Whetsell (Sum) def. Nick Kiser 6-2, 6-7(6), (10-6)
#4. Rahi Gajjar (Sum) def. Lucas Clare 6-0, 6-0
#5. Spicer Pagan (Sum) def. Connor Sneed 6-1, 6-4
#2. William Wimberly and Edward Naval (Sum) def. Bazel Shappard and John WIlliam Smoak 6-1, 6-1
Summerville 5, James Island 1