By GERARDO RECINOS
Alhambra’s boys tennis team started off their preseason on a solid note, going 2-2 against some future league opponents.
Despite the restructuring of the league, the Bulldogs will continue to face up against some of their past foes.
The first official league match was played on March 7 against Acalanes.
Leading off at the number one singles position was Nick Atencio. As always, Atencio drew a tough competitor and lost 2-6 1-6. He played all out tennis, according to coach Sarah Gallagher. “Nick never holds back or tries to play safe he always gives his all and is in every point,” she said.
Number two player Tyler Zancanelli lost 0-6, 0-6. It was just not his day. Gallagher added, “just the way tennis goes sometimes.”
Number three singles player Nick Borov played the match of the day for the Bulldogs. Borov made the move up from doubles last year and made a statement as a first year singles player in an excellent match.
In the first set he stayed with his opponent game for game and brought it to 4-5. Borov battled but lost 4-6. Into the second set, the match went similar to the first set. Borov was fighting hard, winning great points, unleashing some really strong serves.
“Nick was very focused and played very confidently – great tennis,” Gallagher said. “He ended up losing the second set 4-6 but it was so close. Really an impressive match.”
In the number four singles spot, Jason Young lost 2-6, 2-6. But the match was much closer than the score. “Jason has always been a solid player with an almost effortless grace to his game but this season he is bringing a command,” Gallagher said of her player. “[Young has] a new confidence and he is playing some of the best tennis yet. Really fun to watch!”
Number five singles player Tyler Surges lost 1-6, 1-6, but not without a fight.
“Tyler is the comeback player,” Gallagher said. “Never gives up and stays in it to win. Did not happen today but it is never over until it is really over with Tyler.”
Ab Asefi, a second year player, followed in the sixth spot in his first year in singles play. He had a long match indicating it was a fight. Asefi lost 2-6, 2-6, but a lot of good rallies and points.
In doubles action, the Bulldogs are still trying to sort out their pairings.
Number one pair Oliver Wells and Tristan Ferrer lost 1-6,1-6. The duo were playing together for the first time, making it difficult to figure things out. But they played hard and made a much more experienced team have to work to win
The second duo was made up of Michael Morrill and Jackson Gilliam, both first year players and also playing together for the first time played a very good match. The duo ended up losing 1-6, 2-6, a respectable score against a much more seasoned team.
The third duo is made up of senior Gabe Arditti and junior Mason Yaeger. The two played very competitively, according to Gallagher, and played very well as a team but could not pull out a win today