The Varsity Boys’ Tennis
team won 7-0 against Hamden Hall on April 21. The final score does not in any way reflect how close this match was, as the doubles point came down to the wire and three of the six singles matches went to a third set super tiebreaker. In what could have been a 4-3 match, either way, KO emerged with a 7-0 victory by taking all three of the singles super tiebreakers and winning the doubles point with an 8-6 win at #3 doubles (Shumayl Shiek-Syed ‘22
and Will Jacobs ‘23
). Perhaps the strongest performance of the day came at #1 doubles as seniors Jacob Schwartz ‘21
and Jaden Weinstein ‘21
got out of the gates quickly and rolled to an 8-0 win. Hamden Hall’s #2 doubles team edged the 7th grade duo of Ciaran Concepcion ‘26
and Pratt Blair ‘26
by a score of 8-5. In singles play, KO earned singles wins in super tiebreakers at #1 (Weinstein), #3 (Ethan Raisner ‘21
), and #4 (Blair). Raisner and Blair each battled back from dropping the first set, earning nice comeback wins. Schwartz (#2), Concepcion (#5), and Jacobs (#6) earned straight-set victories to close out the scoring. Both teams played with terrific sportsmanship in a match that lasted until 7:00 p.m.
The Varsity Boys' Tennis team lost to Greens Farms Academy 0-7 on April 28. Greens Farms was significantly stronger, and arguably one of the best teams in all of New England. Coach Krugman said, "I was incredibly proud of how the KO team competed. We worked very hard and played some of our best tennis. Most importantly, we played with class and sportsmanship. This match was not about the outcome in terms of score, but rather about our guys demonstrating the right way to play the game." Jacob Schwartz '21 played singles in one of his strongest performances to date against a player who is in the top 140 nationally. Jaden Weinstein ‘21 also played some of his best tennis, both in singles and doubles. The same can be said for Koby Braunstein ‘22, who teamed with 7th grader Pratt Blair ‘26 in a hard-fought 8-2 loss at #2 doubles. Ethan Raisner ‘21 played quite well in his doubles match, and Ciaran Concepcion ‘26 showed great composure at both #3 doubles with Will Elliot ‘21 and at #6 singles. Will Jacobs ‘23 and Shumayl Sheik-Syed '22 made great strides in their exhibition singles matches, too.