Boys Tennis Sweep Woodside to Clinch Playoffs

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On Wednesday afternoon, boys’ tennis dominated cross-town rivals Woodside Wildcats to clinch a spot in the PAL playoffs. They improved to 8-5 on the season with the 7-0 win, with late drama on the singles four court securing the clean sweep.

Oliver Novak readies for the next point

Doubles one seniors Thomas Garff and Oliver Novak were first off the court winning 6-1, 6-4 in straight sets. Expecting an easy win, Novak expressed possible room for improvement: “I think that some parts of it were a little sloppy. Especially in the second set. I think that we gave a little bit of ground, but in the end, we did win it. So that’s what matters.”

Looking towards playoffs, he stated, “Thomas and I will be playing in the PAL individual tournament. I played in it last year and the year before, and I’m hoping this year will be the year to win it.”

Doubles three pair sophomores Cubby Derrough and Ismail Safdari were next upoff, winning 6-3, 6-0, quickly followed by doubles two, senior Thomas Ellingson and junior Rowan Hanley, and singles one freshman Aditya Kudaravalli who sealed the game with wins of their own. Following a tough loss to Carlmont the previous week, Kudaravalli voiced his satisfaction with his performance, “my opponent beat Carlmont, who I lost a really close game with, so I’m happy about that, to comfortably beat him.”

Garff prepares to release serve

The remaining players tidied up their games with wins across the board, and with six points and a win secured, all eyes turned to junior Miller Scott who looked to finish a clean 7-0 sweep on the singles four court. Coming back from one set down to secure his place in a tiebreaker, his teammates surrounded the final game to show their support.

Scott started off strong, going up 5-1 to start the final set, before stifling a possible comeback to win the set 10-8, preserving the team’s clean sheet. 

With just one game remaining in the regular season, the team has their sights set on the PAL’s. 

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