This was truly a team effort as a number of guys played up in the lineup due to some absences due to health and family commitments. We fought hard and the result was a 5-2 loss, the same score from a few weeks back when we were at full strength. I was proud of how hard we played and the composure we showed. Although senior Wil Elliot was unable to play due to illness, the other three seniors gave it everything they had. We dropped the doubles point, and after a slow start, sophomore Will Jacobs and 7th grader Pratt Blair made a good comeback but fell short at #2 doubles. Senior Jacob Schwartz had arguably his best day of the season as he teamed with fellow senior Jaden Weinstein to win at #1 doubles, and then followed this with a straight sets victory against an opponent that had beaten him in straight sets earlier in the season. It was the best tennis I’ve seen from Jacob, and it is safe to say that he finished his KO tennis career playing his best. Jaden Weinstein had another impressive day, as he won his singles match in straight sets as well. Jaden has been a consistent, mature presence all season. I have always said that senior leadership is the key to a successful season, and one does not need to be a captain to be a great leader. That was certainly the case with Jaden. Senior Ethan Raisner battled so hard but came up short in a lengthy match against a smart and crafty opponent. It was a rematch from a few weeks back, and this match was much, much closer showing the strides Ethan made this season. He competes with the kind of attitude that any coach is thrilled to see. Although we lost in straight sets at the other singles spots, sophomore Will Jacobs and juniors Sean Gilland and Shumayl Shiek-Syed worked hard and gave it their best shot as they all played up in the ladder. As did Seve Concepcion, who lost to a talented player in the #7 exhibition match. It has been a most unusual season in terms of protocols and schedule, but it was fantastic to get on the courts and have a season. I have enjoyed this group as much as any group I’ve coached! Good luck to the seniors next fall as they head off to college, and I’m excited to have the rest of the group back next spring.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.