Junior Nathan Chan handily beat his Golden Sierra opponent - 6-3, 6-1 - on March 5.

Cavs beat Golden Sierra in first tennis match

The tennis team beat Golden Sierra, 7-2, on March 5, even though several players were trying the game for the first time.

Junior Nathan Chan won 6-3, 6-1. Chan attributes his success to his serves and groundstrokes.

Senior Lara Kong was the only girl to play singles, winning her first set, 6-1, and her second, 6-3.

“Today, my return shots and ground strokes were my strengths because I was getting the ball over, and my ball placement was accurate,” Kong said.

Sophomore Christian Van Vleck and junior Akilan Murugesan also easily won their doubles match, 10-2. “At first, I wasn’t able to concentrate very well, but I did better later on,” Van Vleck said.

Junior Colby Connor and senior Maxwell Shukuya were defeated in Shukuya’s first game ever.

Throughout the first set, Shukuya had to rely heavily on Connor, since he didn’t understand a lot of things.

“There’s the whole routine of saying the score, and there’s a rotation,” Shukuya said. “And there’s a lot of tennis terminology I didn’t understand at all.”

However, Shukuya said that he improved throughout the game.

Senior Grant Miner and freshman Katia Dahmani lost their match, 10-1. Dahmani had never played tennis before, and it was Miner’s first match in six years.

“It also didn’t help that our opponents were the number-one single slots for their gender,” Miner said.

“We knew we would lose, but we still had a great time. The other team was very gracious, and we all just laughed it off.”

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