It took only a little over an hour and a half for the Verona High School boys tennis team to come out victorious in their first round match of States against Harrison High School, defeating them 5-0. The Hillbillies looked confident before starting their matches and used it to their advantage, as both the singles and doubles players won in straight sets.
Bobby Hofmann was the first of the singles to finish with ease, defeating Xuan Ling 6-0, 6-0 playing aggressively and with strong focus to take advantage of the match.
First Singles, Chase Kaltner, stayed optimistic when it mattered and was strong on both the offensive and defensive sides to allow him to stay confident and consistent, winning 6-1, 6-3 against his opponent Anthony Chae.
Third Singles, Andrew Siegelin, was the last to finish overall, having a little trouble staying consistent in the second set, but played confidently in crucial points, battling it out to claim his victory 6-2, 6-4.
The doubles teams finished first, giving Verona a 2-0 advantage within the first hour of the match starting.
First Doubles, Max Batson and Brian Feury, stayed patient throughout their match and put away volleys when given the opportunity to take the advantage over their opponent, winning 6-1, 6-0.
With Justin Munjack’s aggressive returns and Connor Silvia’s consistency, Second Doubles was able to conquer their opponent by winning 6-1, 6-0.
Silvia, a team co-captain, gives credit to the two practice days in a row, as well as a wide spread of activities, including in-game scenarios and having the girls team practice with them for their win today. In reference to their next match, he said, “The biggest thing is mental preparation. We need to be able to play a really tight match.”