By Linda Su,
The Davis High men’s varsity tennis team beat the Elk Grove Thundering Herd 9-0 during its second match of the season.
Coach Dale Hersch was able to give “some of the top players a rest” during this match, since he knew beforehand Elk Grove was not too strong; “everybody came through” in the end.
Sophomore Yoshi Wainwright said he had a great match against an Elk Grove player whose nickname was “Little Bear.” Wainwright says that the season has been good so far and is excited for what’s to come.
“It’s great; the guys are so fun to be around. I am working to improve on doubles, and I have a really good forehand, but I need to work on my backhand. Also, I am stoked for Fresno,” Wainwright said.
Although the competition was not as difficult for the Blue Devils as to their previous match against Granite Bay, many players found ways to improve their game before the section competition.
“I think everyone played well, but I think I should improve on my consistency and my mental game” junior David Wang said. “Sometimes I would go into my second serve and feel like it was going to go out. Now I need to work on aiming to get every ball in.”
According to Hersch, the team needs to focus on doubles and interaction between doubles players.
“We have great players, but they need to learn how to be doubles players. Whether that [is] coming in to the net and volleying more or being more cohesive,” Hersh said.
Sophomore Jasper Murphy said that he is looking forward to improving his tennis skills and going with his teammates to to Fresno this weekend, as it will show the team where they really stand in Northern California.
“I had some ups and downs [during my match]. Although I usually win my matches, I still need to improve on losing less games. I am pumped for Fresno because I get to bond with some of my teammates during the trip,” Murphy said.
Wang is enjoying the season so far and hopes that the team wins the section title. He is also looking forward to the upcoming Fresno trip, where the Blue Devils will be playing the top teams in the nation at the California Tennis Classic.