Boys tennis charges the net

Senior Eliot Tong slams a ball across the net at a match against The Blake School on April 22. “ Blake is a very tough opponent, but it is fun to play them,” Tong said. The tennis team has an upcoming match on May 5, at home against Minnehaha Academy at 4 pm.

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Senior Eliot Tong slams a ball across the net at a match against The Blake School on April 22. “ Blake is a very tough opponent, but it is fun to play them,” Tong said. The tennis team has an upcoming match on May 5, at home against Minnehaha Academy at 4 pm.

Peter Blanchfield, Staff Writer

The Spartan Boys Tennis team is ready to charge into a new season. They have trained their hardest every day to achieve success this year, and are looking forward to every serve this season. They are coached by Viet Pham and captained by seniors Shaan Bijwadia and Eliot Tong.

The team is itching to renew their intense rivalry with Blake, an opponent with skill comparable to St. Paul Academy.

As Tong said, “Blake is a very tough opponent, but it is fun to play them.”

The team is also ready to bring success to the program, which has come to be a perennial contender.

Though tennis is primarily an individual sport, the SPA team has developed a sense of camaraderie. Tryouts are a prime example of this. At a time when players on many teams develop a lone wolf mentality, the team bonds because everyone wants everyone else to do their best so that they can be their very best.

I think one of the best things about the team this year is that every player loves to play tennis, and wants to try their best and get better.”

— Varsity Tennis co-captain, Shaan Bijwadia

Bijwadia said, “I think one of the best things about the team this year is that every player loves to play tennis, and wants to try their best and get better.”

This level of support forms them into a cohesive unit and gives them a unique advantage, not possible on teams that don’t have the relationships that tennis creates for everyone who plays.

The program as a whole is undergoing a rebuild as they lost a lot of talented seniors and are looking for new players to step up, take the spots, and deliver to help them stay competitive.

Tong is hopeful that this year will be not only a successful one record-wise but also be a fun one to remember.

Upcoming matches include a game  away at against Breck on May 7, and back home for their final two matches of the regular season on May 8 and 12. They finish up with Sections at SPA on May 21, and after that its on to state.