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Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis Teams Advance to Postseason With High Hopes and Strong Records

Sophomores Reid Waxman and Ishe Makoni pose for a photo after one of their team practices. (Photo by Waxman)

With the spring sports season now underway, the girls’ and boys’ tennis teams are gearing up for the postseason tournaments. With regular seasons behind them, each match brings them closer to the ultimate goal: regional and state championships. 

With a perfect 4-0 record in district play and a solid 7-6 overall, the boys team is set to enter the postseason. Similarly, the girls’ team leads their district with an impressive 10-2 record, ready to tackle the challenges ahead. 

Head Coach and former player on the ATP tour, Mr. Leon Olivier, is eager to see how the team will perform in the postseason and is proud of their achievements so far. 

“We had a goal all season long of competing well and I think we have done a really great job. We lost our senior Ryan Wuhrman, due to injury which is definitely a tough break considering that the rest of our starting line up are almost all freshmen. But, I’m excited to see how our players rise to the occasion and I know that they will perform to the best of their ability and continue to work hard,” Olivier expressed. 

Olivier’s optimism highlights a key aspect of tennis: adaptability. As the team faces these hurdles, their ability to adjust strategies becomes crucial. 

“My strategy will always change as we face different opponents in order to put our best foot forward in matches. However, my coaching style during crucial matches is to be really supportive and positive. Giving the players belief and confidence is key. On top of that I try to supply them with a clear plan to win points which has proven to be really effective for our top players Maria [Navarro] and Chase [Atkins],” Olivier explained. 

Junior and captain of the girls team, Madeline Taub feels that the team is in great shape and is looking forward to districts next Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17.

“Given that we made it to the state semifinals last year, I think that we all have high hopes for these next few weeks. I would love to go back to the states and maybe even compete in the finals this year. I think that everyone on the team has a really positive attitude and a lot of enthusiasm. We are all strong singles players with consistent groundstrokes, which is especially important when going into the postseason,” Taub said. 

Sophomore Ishe Makoni agrees with Taub and feels like both teams are poised for good results because of their lineups. 

“We have a great lower starting lineup. We have really needed to bank on wins from our 3rd, 4th, and 5th seeds this season, and they have done just that. Every win from every position is important, but our lower line is better than most schools showing that we have the advantage to win. We just have to capitalize on this advantage. If we can leverage these strengths, I truly believe that we can go far in the postseason,” Makoni said. 

With the postseason tournaments clearly on the horizon, the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams are ready to translate their regular season success into playoff victories. Fueled by a lineup rich in talent and determination, they are ready to challenge their rivals and see their goals and aspirations come to fruition. 

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Chase Zur
Chase Zur, Associate Editor
Chase Zur is a sophomore and this is her second semester in The Pharcyde. Chase has attended The Benjamin School since WOW and is excited to start her second year in the Upper School. She enjoys watching sports and spending time with friends and family. As a second year staff writer, Chase is looking forward to taking on more articles and improving her journalistic writing in The Pharcyde. 

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