Tennis reflects on match against Hopewell Valley High School

Andrew Wei ’16 thrusts forward to hit the ball across the court on May 9. photo: Nathan Drezner

Andrew Wei ’16 thrusts forward to hit the ball across the court on May 9.
photo: Nathan Drezner

On May 14, the boys played against Hopewell Valley Central High School in a match that would demonstrate each team’s preparation for the state tournament. “The game itself was important because we were going to be playing them in the state finals if we beat Wall [High School] … So this first match against Hopewell would be a good gauge of how we would do and it would let us know what we needed to work on,” said Zachary Hojeibane ’14.

“Hopewell was seeded before us, and we decided that we had to beat them to show everyone how good we were,” said Rishab Tanga ’15. “We played [really hard] against Hopewell and beat them.”

Winning 4–1 against Hopewell was a memorable moment for the team and restored pride that would help them heading into the state tournament.

“I think we had a lot more confidence after … beating them because then we felt like we could take on more challenging teams,” said Lucas Mitchell ’16.

The seniors who played were especially satisfied by the game because they wanted a good last season at PHS. “Everyone was pumped, especially the seniors who wanted to go on a high note,” said Tanga. “Ultimately it was pretty satisfying to beat our big rival.”

In early May, the boys varsity tennis team was seeded third in the state tournament—the same seed it received heading into the 2013 state tournament. Coming off of a close final round against Hopewell, which beat PHS 3–2 last season to win the Group III State title, the team anticipated a competitive tournament ahead.

In the first round of the State Tournament, the boys went up against Ewing High School and won 5–0, allowing them to continue on to the second round where they lost to Wall High School, seeded second, with a score of 3–2. With their state tournament being cut off at their loss to Wall, the boys did not get another chance to face Hopewell.