The Bulldog tennis team lined up against Campolindo on Thursday, March 17, and made some solid strides to turn around the program.
“Some of the guys said it was just not their best tennis today, but we did have a couple of really good match ups,” said coach Sarah Gallagher.
In particular Gallagher is referring to a pair of singles players, and one doubles team.
Number six singles player, Tyler Surges lost 2-6, 5-7. Surges played in the longest match of the day.
“Tyler played some very long points, mixed it up using down the line shots and lobbed effectively,” Gallagher said. “(Surges was) running down every ball and getting most of them back. Played to win until the very end.”
This is only Surges’ second year in tennis, and his first year as a singles player. Gallagher highlighted the second-year player’s determination and great focus, saying she felt it was paying off.
Number one doubles team, Gabe Arditti and Nick Borov were in their match the whole time winning a few games and coming close often in a pair of deuce games. In the ones they did not win, the fought hard against a tough, more-seasoned doubles team. Arditti and Borov lost 4-6, 3-6.
Number three doubles team of Juman Purewel and Ab Asefi is another pair of payers with less experience than their opponents. The two first-year players were also playing together as a team for the first time ever.
The duo played very well with a crowd of both teams watching them.
They lost the first set 3-6 but then in the second came back to tie 6-6 playing some great points. They ended up losing in the seven-point tie breaker 5-7, a still impressive result for a first time as a team.
In other singles actions, number one player Nick Atencio lost 1-6, 1-6, number two Nick Ertola lost 2-6, 2-6, number three Michael Aboussie lost 0-6, 1-6, number four Tyler Zancanelli lost 1-6, 0-6, and number five singles player Jason Young lost 1-6, 2-6, in what Gallagher called a tough match.
Number two doubles had a rough day, with Shayan Mirzezdeh and Aidan O’Leary losing 0-6, 0-6.
In the Diablo Foothill away match against Dublin two weeks ago, the singles players played well. Ertola in particular played very well losing 5-7,1-6.
Aboussie played a very strong match losing the first set 2-6 and then came back strong in the second winning 7-6 and then fighting in the 10-point tiebreaker to lose 8-10 a very good match. “Michael played extremely well,” Gallagher said.
Zancanelli lost at number four but was in the match the whole time losing 4-6, 4-6 a very respectable score.
Tyler Surges at number six fought a hard and closer than the score match losing 4-6, 1-6 at Dublin.
Doubles team of Tristan Ferrar and Aidan O’Leary, both first year players played very well at the number two spot losing 2-6, 3-6, against the Dublin duo.