Boys tennis is on a roll
As the spring sports season is well underway, one team to keep an eye is boys tennis. The boys tennis team is on a roll, going three for three in their matchups this week. The boys started off the week with a 5-0 win over Bishop Ready on Monday on Darby’s home court. By Tuesday, the fellas were on the road to take on Bradley at their home court. After a hard fought match, Darby was able to snag a win by the slimmest of margins, edging out Bradley, 3-2. Finally, the boys took on Columbus West, at home, on Wednesday. It was an easy win for the Panthers, who swept West, 5-0.
Although the boys started off the week with an easy dub, their match against Bradley was a nail biter to say the least. The Panthers were at a natural disadvantage, taking on the Jags at their home court. However, the Panthers stayed sharp and knew that they had to focus if they were going to pull out a win on Tuesday. Junior Ishan Somani played third singles on Tuesday and was able to win his set to gain one point for the Panthers. Also contributing to the Panther’s point total were Seniors Raj Jani and Caleb Hughes, at first doubles. Unfortunately, Senior Ebun Obisesan and Junior Noah Adams fell just short after fighting it out at first and second singles, respectively. The score was then 2-2, with just one match still being played.
Juniors Ayo Obisesan and Henry Kast were the final Panthers left on the court, battling it out against the Jags for victory. The pressure was on as the boys played out their three hour long match, finally gaining a win. The players and spectators can confirm that it was an intense matchup, with the Panthers just barely edging out the Jags for an overall win, 3-2.
Kast was especially excited about the win and commented on how he and his partner’s efforts paid off in the match on Tuesday.
”It was a really intense battle, but me and Ayo fought through and we ended up with a dub,” Kast stated.
The entire team was hyped about the big win over Bradley. One player who was especially proud of his team was E. Obisesan who said that the win was one of his favorite memories of playing tennis at Darby.
“My favorite memory was definitely yesterday, when we beat Bradley,” E. Obisesan exclaimed, “Greatest moment ever!”
The boys followed their win over Bradley with a home victory over Columbus West. Playing the same lineup as Tuesday, with a substitution of Junior Daniel Tai and Sophomore Krish Kondaveeti for Kast and A. Obisesan, after Kast suffered a minor injury prior to the match. Each of the competing members were able to snag a win over West, with Tai gaining his first ever Varsity win on the tennis team.
The boys plan to increase their win streak as they continue their season and advance on to Sectionals on May 9th. If you want to catch the boys tennis team in action, head to the tennis courts at Darby on May 1, at 4:00pm to see the boys take on Olentangy Liberty in their next home match.