Boys’ tennis beats Barons


Photo by Seyun Park

Sophomore singles player Brady MacBride serves in a match against the Whitman Vikings. The boys’ tennis team looks to end their losing skid against the defending 2A State Champion Poolesville Falcons on Tuesday, April 25.

Boys’ tennis took down the BCC Barons 5-2 to meet the season’s midpoint strong. The big rivalry game took them to a 3-2 record but amidst a tough run, they have faltered to a 3-6 record with only three games left.

The season has been filled with ups and downs so far, as the team started 2-0 before going winless for two games and falling to a 2-2 record. They haven’t kept a winning streak going since then and have fallen into a four-game losing skid.

“Beating BCC was definitely the best part of the season so far, it was one of our best team performances against a good opponent,” sophomore captain Brady MacBride said.

The match against BCC featured dominant performances by all four singles players and despite losing two matches, it was a great game for the team vs a strong division rival.

Sophomore singles player Isaac Kritz returns a shot against the BCC Barons on Friday, April 14. (Photo by Jose Tovar)

The team will look to continue with a good run of form and unlike the start of the season, the team looks healthy and strong with a surplus of options. While the singles starters are all but locked in, there has been quite some rotation for the doubles three duos.

The momentum from the big rivalry win has diminished after a thrilling close game vs Richard Montgomery which the Cats lost 4-3. Despite early losses, some of the players recovered a few wins and the game was much closer than initially anticipated.

Through a tough run of games, the Cats dropped three straight games against Whitman (6-1), Blair (7-0) and Quince Orchard (6-1), which dropped their season record to 3-6. With nine games down and only three to go, the next few games are crucial for the Cats.

They will meet 2A rival Poolesville for the second time in the season on April 25 and will look to repeat their season-opening win against them. Despite being a smaller school, Poolesville is very evenly matched and it should be a tight encounter. The first meeting between the two teams ended 4-3 with the Cats taking a late victory through a clutch win by singles player Isaac Kritz.

The final three games of the season will take place during the final weeks of April, with the final game of the season being at home on May 1 against Paint Branch.