San Marcos High School’s Boys Tennis has recently started, and the team’s morale is high for another successful season. After several early victories, the team has gained a chemistry amongst themselves. Their skill and dedication has led to optimistic expectations from the coaching staff in their upcoming matches.
The San Marcos team consists of exceptional returning players, including talented athletes from previous years, Kento Perera, Daniel Coulson, and Christopher Anderson. These players are fully prepared to lead Varsity Tennis into another successful season. Several players have moved up to Varsity from Junior Varsity, including Tanner Funk, Ryan Godges, and Timmy Hirsch. The team also welcomes four freshmen to Varsity: Daniel Newton, Jimmy Wimbish, and twin brothers Dominic and Alexander Stephanov. Competition will be fierce this year, with powerful opponents Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos, and others fielding strong lineups.
Varsity is under the command of Jarrod Bradley, who has coached the tennis team for over a decade and a half. The coaches emphasize that the outcome of a match is not as important as mastering the skills needed to continue improvement. Many students in Coach Bradley’s physics class as well as the tennis team know that he emphasizes the idea of “practice makes permanent,” meaning that while practice may make perfect, it only perfects the method in which you practice. Continually practicing incorrectly will lead to incorrect performance. Morale for the team is high after their initial victories, and the season ahead will be entertaining.
“Communication between players has been essential this season,” said freshman Alex Stephanov, “even when we aren’t playing doubles, encouraging one another helps us to keep our spirits high.”
Boys’ Tennis had their first match against Valencia on February 23rd, where they pulled out a narrow victory against their skilled opponents. The second match was only two days later, on the 25th, against San Luis Obisbo. The team once again triumphed in a 14-4 victory. On the 3rd of March, the team faced off against a fierce competitor, Camarillo. The team secured its third win, 12-6. However, the season has only begun.