The KO boys varsity tennis team has gotten off to a promising start with a record of 2-3 and a strong performance in the Kingswood Oxford Invitational Tennis Tournament.
Anchored by Head Coach Andy Krugman, the team returns a great deal of talent on the court, while also making key additions to the lineup for the 2022 season. Senior Co-captains Max-William Kanz and Koby Braunstein have been critical members of the team for several years, along with other seniors Teddy Keegan and Sean Gilland. Kanz and Keegan hold the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively, and they look to make impacts against tough Founders League opponents across New England. “In general for our lineup, we have three seniors that play one through three, and then younger guys also play for us,” Kanz said.
As Kanz mentioned, the team also has some younger talent taking to the courts this fall. Eighth-graders Kieran Concepion and Pratt Blair are key contributors to the lineup, pairing nicely alongside veteran players. “We got an interesting combination of three seniors and then two eighth-graders and freshmen, so it’s an interesting battle,” Coach Krugman noted.
In the first match of the season, the Wyverns faced a tough opponent in Choate Rosemary Hall, whom they fell to 6-1. However, the team rebounded the next week, defeating the Hamden Hall Country Day School Dragons 7-0. “We had a tough first match against Choate, and then we played Hamden Hall which was an easy win,” Kanz said.
Before another tough 6-1 loss to Deerfield School, KO hosted its annual KITT on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. The Wyverns faced tough competition from all over the area, ranging from Hall High School to Groton Academy. Some players found great success in this tournament, as Kanz placed third in the singles tournament, as well as Kanz and Keegan taking home hardware, finishing first in the doubles tournament. Groton Academy would go on to win the entire weekend.
As for the rest of the season, the Wyverns will have their fair share of challenges ahead, but nothing that this team is not ready to face. They travel to Wooster School on Monday, April 25, before heading down to Hopkins School two days later.
Both the coaches and the players continue to have high expectations for the year. “If it’s about winning and losing, it’s about winning the matches you can win,” Coach Krugman said. “But at the end of the day, it goes beyond that.”
The KO boys varsity tennis team hopes to build upon a strong foundation, astute coaching, and fundamental team dynamics in order to fight for a winning record in this spring season.