Photo by Stephanie Kim
The boys’ varsity tennis team was crushed by the Temple City Rams on Thursday, March 23. In the away match, the Rams shut out the Tigers 18-0. This was South Pas’ first league match of the season.
Every team, both doubles and singles, was bested by their opponents. This culminated in a disappointing loss with no matches won by Tigers.
“It was definitely a really bad loss: this Temple City game was very integral to our success this year in our league. I think the skill was there, but a majority of tennis is a very psychological sport, and I think our mentalities were not there with this game,” senior Anthony Chen said.
The loss signals not only the first league defeat of the season, but a continuation of the losing streak from preseason matches against La Salle and Polytechnic.
As a team, the Tigers have struggled with inconsistent leadership. After the departure of former alum Marivick Mamiit, the team has had to deal with the hiring, and then firing, of Karlos Huschke-Favela. This year, the Tigers are led by the newly hired Sean Taroli.
The change in leadership from Mamiit to Taroli has heavily impacted the structure of the team. Last season, practices were centered around drilling and match play. This year, the team is focusing on strategy rather than conditioning.
The Tigers next play in an away match against Monrovia on Tuesday, March 28.