Boys Tennis Crowns the Conference


Bracket Busters !

As the school year finally wrapped up, so did boys tennis. This was varsity coach Mr. Joe DiMattia’s and junior varsity coach Mr. Shaun Spence´s first year coaching West G´s boys tennis team, but this did not negatively affect the team at all. In fact, their guidance earned the tennis team high rankings. Their final record was 12-5 for the season, and in the CVC, not only did they hold a strong record of 8-0, but also came in first in every contest. Zach Bobango placed first in singles, and at 2nd was Kevin Wenger and Jonathan Rash in 3rd. For doubles, Xavier Zup and Michael Elias came in first, with Matt Robertson and David Dela Cruz closely following in second. Overall, all 7 on the varsity were awarded first in Team CVC and Zach Bobango also earned CVC MVP.

With 13 members, 7 on varsity and 6 on junior varsity, the team is smaller; junior varsity was forced to forfeit a point each match due to being short players. ¨However,¨ said Mr. DiMattia, ¨There are many schools that we play that don’t even have a JV team.¨ Junior varsity pushed back this small setback, and came out stronger than ever.

The team aimed to grow every day, compete for the CVC title, and easily accomplished this with their determination and hard work. Antonio Linek, a player on JV, even shared, ¨When other teams were sitting around doing nothing during bad weather, we stayed determined and practiced inside, instead.¨ This motivation soon earned them back the title of CVC Champions and helped improve the players immensely.

One player who really displayed this hard work ethic, according to proud coach Mr. DiMattia, was Zach Bobango. As mentioned previously, not only did he win first in singles at CVC, but was also awarded CVC MVP. ¨He taught himself the game,¨ Mr. DiMattia said. ¨[He] analyzes himself and his performance and works to get better.¨ His positive attitude despite rough patches and gloomy days also helped him to stand out.

3 seniors will be lost after this year in Xavier Zup, Matt Robertson, and David De LaCruz, all strong players. Xavier Zup, who came in first in doubles at CVC with Michael Elias, told Whirlwind, ¨The other day, I was thinking about how far we´ve come from the beginning of the year, and it’s crazy. I can’t wait to see what they’re going to accomplish for years to come.¨

Both coaches are immensely proud of the players, not only for their dedication on the court, but also because of their sportsmanship with opposing teams and each other. Their practices were always fun and lively, as were trips to away games, according to Mr. DiMattia.