Summerville 5, Berkeley 1
1. Josh Gianelli (BHS) def. Sam Dimuzio 6-0, 6-1
2. Dontrell Whetsell (SHS) def. Hugh Huxford 6-0, 6-2
3. Rahi Gajjar (SHS) def. Jordan Willy 7-6(2), 6-4
4. Vineel Prathipati (SHS) def. Wyatt Day 6-1, 6-1
5. Spicer Pagan (SHS) def. Graham Jones 6-1, 6-0
2. Edward Naval / Edward Naval (SHS) def. Chandler Hursey / Austin Coxson 6-0, 6-1
We played some very strong tennis tonight. Without our #1 player, Thomas McGinnis, who is out with an arm injury, the boys stepped up and competed very well. We are starting to clean up some unforced errors and have been really strong on key points in the matches.
Dimuzio played an extremely good match, even thought the score didn’t show it. Sam really set up some points, moved Gianelli around, but just missed opportunities to win games. I am proud of the growth I saw in this 8th grader. Hopefully this match will help him build confidence that will help him in matches to come.
Dontrell Whetsell stepped his game up tonight. He played a hard hitter in Huxford. He kept the ball in play and moved Huxford around. Dontrell won this match with a strong mental and physical game. We needed him to step up with Thomas being out.
Rahi played a great match, although the score was closer than he would have liked. Again, Rahi did a great job hitting angles, but struggled with consistency a bit. When he was aggressive, he won points and took control. When the match got tight and turned to Willey’s favor, Rahi kept his cool and focus. He was at his best when the pressure was on.
Vineel played solid as well tonight. He did a great job creating power, which is tough to do when playing against a slower hitting opponent. There were some unforced errors in his match, but that is to be expected when playing aggressive tennis.
Spicer Pagan also had a solid night. His serve was unstoppable again. Spicer has such good groundstokes and can place the ball wherever he wants. I love watching him play singles and am excited about his future on the team!
At #2 doubles, Wimberly and Naval played extremely well. This is a fun team to watch. They are quick and learning to play together. I thought William played strong again from the baseline and his volleys were a lot more solid tonight. When Willie is on, he’s really a tough player to stop. Edward may be my best doubles player on the team. His serve is stellar and sets his opponents up. He anticipates balls and is quick to get shots that would be winners against most other opponents.
We had another great crowd out at the Wave Cage tonight. Parents, teachers, and friends all came out to support our boys. It was a great day to be a part of the Green Wave Family!