Northside’s Men’s Tennis Team Takes Their First Win
By Monsetrratt Castillo
On Mar. 19, Northside’s tennis team started the season off right by winning its first game against Lane Tech.
The team began practicing in the beginning of March. The practices were led by Mr. Alexander Hughes, counseling department, with help from varsity captains Jacob Watson, Adv. 905, and Natan Spear, Adv. 903. The junior varsity and varsity teams both played games; the junior varsity team played a six-game pro set and the varsity team played five matches that included singles and two and three doubles matches.
Before the game, the teams prepared themselves with their usual practice routine and a rundown of a game for any new players. The team was felt certain that they would win because they do not consider Lane Tech to be a rival team; however, since it was the first game of the season, it was nerve racking. However, once results became official, it was safe to say that Mr. Hughes did an exceptional job at preparing the tennis team for the season.
The first matches were played by the junior varsity team. The team played five matches in sets of two. In the first match, Conrad Chojnacki, Adv. 108, and Theodore Woldenberg, Adv. 207, played and won with a score of 6-3. Heechae Heo, Adv. 103, and Justin Chang Stauffer, Adv. 102, played the second match and won with 6-2. Mohamed Lotfi, Adv. 901, and Owen Hancock, Adv. 008, played the third match and unfortunately lost with a score of 2-6. That did not stop James Franke, Adv. 105, and Yonatan Derbew, Adv. 908, from winning the fourth match with a score of 6-3. The last match included David Zhang, Adv. 910, and Ikenna Elue, Adv. 909, and the duo won with a score of 6-3.
In the varsity matches, the first two matches were single matches. In the first single match, Spear won his match, 6-0, 6-0. Watson played the second match and won, 6-0, 6-0. The final three matches became two and three doubles. The first doubles match included players Mikus Biernadski, Adv. 104, and Justin Penados, Adv. 009, and both won the match, 6-0, 6-1. Gannon Lemaster, Adv. 200, and Jake Jasmer, Adv. 102, played the second double match and lost, 6-4, 7-5. The last game was a three doubles team that Mathew Villalon, Adv. 903, and Alex Orlowski, Adv. 902, played and lost, 6-3, 6-0.
After speaking with Watson, he informed me that the first three spots “played well,” but their two and three doubles “need some work.” However, Watson agrees that tennis is a tough sport, so he does not expect the players to perform perfectly. He is “excited to see how each spot develops over the season.”
The team is expecting to play many more games. Make sure to be on the lookout and come out to support Northside’s tennis team.