Last week against Glynn Academy, the Richmond Hill High School boys tennis team got a 4-1 victory while the girls lost 0-5.
"We’re about midway through the season now," Coach Pat Paruso, who celebrated his 300th boys’ team victory this night, said. "For the boys, things are really starting to come together, but we still haven’t had a complete team showing. Because of early region wins, the girls, if they continue to improve, will make the state playoffs."
Among the victors this night was No. 1 singles player Michael Zhu who won two straight sets and "was in control of every point," Paruso said. Number three singles Chris Noonberg had a similar game with a victory in two straight sets. Victory narrowly eluded number two Jason Trankle when he lost in a tie-breaking set.
Paruso said the MVP of the night would probably be doubles competitor Ethan Lane who played "exceptional tennis" with partner Nic Balas while racking up a win in a competitive match that went the distance with three full sets.
The No. 2 doubles team of John Rush and Kyle Guither defeated their Glynn Academy foes in another one that went the full three sets. Paruso said his girls have nothing to be ashamed of by losing to state power Glynn Academy.
"The girls did o.k.," he said. "They held their own considering the odds. Most were deuce matches."
He noted that the doubles team of Laura Trivitayakhum and Christina Rodriguez "had the best showing of all the girls with two strong fought sets."
The Wildcat boys are currently ranked fifth in the state while the Lady Cats remain in the top 20. They return to the court after spring break.