Tennis team falls one match short against Highlands

After seven matches, the tennis team fell to Highlands 5-4 on March 26 at Rio Del Oro.

In boys singles, senior Leonardo Eisner won 6-4, 6-1, and sophomore Keshav Anand triumphed 6-1, 6-1. And while senior Michaela Chen won 6-3, 6-2 in girls singles, freshman Sanjana Anand fell 6-1, 6-2.

Country Day (3-2) defaulted No. 2 boys doubles and the mixed doubles, according to coach Jamie Nelson.

Keshav Anand attributed his win to aggressiveness.

“I was able to attack the ball when given the opportunity,” he said.

However, Anand noted that he needs to stop getting discouraged.

“I lost my service game in the second (set), and I needed to stay focused,” he said.

Anand also said he continued to have difficulties with double faults.

Sophomore Ashwin Rohatgi said he had a wealth of problems in his match, taking a “horrible” loss with sophomore Ming Zhu in doubles, losing 10-0.

“Nothing went right,” he said. “It was an off day.”

Rohatgi said he needs to prepare better.

“I didn’t bring my racket, I didn’t have my uniform, and I was told there was a (match) the day of,” he said. “I wasn’t ready at all.”

Freshmen Sicily Schroeder and Amanda Reese fell 10-4 in doubles, but the Cavs’ fourth point came from freshmen Tina Huang and Vanessa Escobar, who won 10-3 for their third consecutive doubles victory.

Huang said she has gotten used to playing with Escobar.

“We have a pretty good understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses at this point, so we have good teamwork,” she said.

Huang also said the pair wanted to “keep their winning streak alive.”

“We were losing at the beginning, so we were kind of nervous,” she said. “However, our opponent was getting stressed out, so they started messing up. That’s when we expanded the score gap and took the lead.”

Country Day’s next match is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, at Golden Sierra at 3:30 p.m.

—By Sarina Rye

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