The boys’ tennis team has been plagued by bad weather and injuries. Rain washed out several matches, and Keishi Goto’s longstanding bicep problem at No. 1 singles undid the Garnets twice against Blind Brook.
In the second match of a home-and-home series April 15, Goto was forced to default to Eric Halpern while leading 6-1, 0-3, due to excruciating pain. Meanwhile, at No. 3 singles, Grant DeBease, managed to finish his match, despite suffering from lower back pain. He lost 4-6, 3-6 in a match filled with epic points.
No. 2 singles player, Buck Reynolds, easily defeated his opponent, 6-3, 6-0. Reynolds said it took him a little while to get into the match, but once he discovered his opponent’s weaknesses, he felt pretty confident.
Rye’s other successes came from their second and fourth doubles teams. James Reid and Harrison Janart won 6-2, 6-1, and Harry Bonay and Gustav Martinez also won easily, 6-0, 6-2. Still, the team’s 4-3 loss, its third defeat by that score in an 0-4 start to the season, was tough to take.
Head coach Sue Dickson said, “Both Blind Brook matches were close and really exciting as they came down to some double matches. But having my top singles player injured didn’t help.”
— Melanie Cane