Varsity boys tennis swings off to wins

Sports

With exceptional hard work and team effort, the boys varsity tennis team has started up the season with a 2-1 record.

The first match of the season was on Tuesday, April 2, at Hamden Hall. The Wyverns dominated Hamden Hall all across the board resulting in a 7-0 victory. Head Coach Andy Krugman was pleased with the effort from his team. “Everyone was able to play, and everyone won their match,” Coach Krugman said. “The kids learned a lot, playing in difficult weather conditions, and learning about more about shot selections. Overall a good learning experience.” Highlighting some of the best moments from the teams opening win include senior Michael Autorino and senior Jack Gao both earned their first varsity wins playing doubles.

Senior Andrew Holland and sophomore Jaden Weinstein also teamed up to win a doubles match. Sophomore Jacob Schwartz and freshman Teddy Keegan both won their singles matches. Senior captain Luke Riemann won his match as well. “Luke has maintained an incredible career at KO and is truly a great player, but what is great see is how much of a team guy he is,” Coach Krugman said. “he puts the team in front of himself.”

The boys also placed third in the KITTs which  took place April 6 and 7. They faced a tough loss to Deerfield (6-0) on April 10 and won to Gunnery (7-0) on April 13.

During practices, the players work on a several different strokes. However, practices are also a combination of volleys, serves, situational work, with a blend of fitness and cardio.

For cardio, the players mostly do short distance sprints. “We like to have some fun team challenges and interactions throughout the course of practice as well,” Coach Krugman said. After practice, the boys will occasionally have a team meeting, which does not include the coaches.

Coach Krugman said that he wants everyone to work hard, improve, and represent the school in good fashion. “Win with class and lose with dignity,” Coach Krugman said about team goals.

Finally, Coach Krugman said it wouldn’t be out of reach for this team to earn an invitation to the Class A New England tournament. Following a big first win, the Wyverns have a strong part of their schedule coming up and look forward to continuing their success.