Athletics Update: Varsity Tennis Opens Season With Two Wins

John O’Neill, director of athletics
May 3, 2024

After an extended pre-season and a couple of canceled matches, the varsity tennis team finally got their season off the ground this week traveling to Nashoba Brooks and hosting Charles River. On Wednesday, the Blue & Gold swept Nashoba, winning all eight matches in commanding fashion, the closest result being a hard-fought 6-4 win at second doubles from Olivia Garrity and Henry Kiraly. Co-captain Lucy Yin was excellent at second singles, dictating play by varying the location of her shots, which kept her opponent moving throughout her 6-2 win. Also of note was the teamwork of Louis Cantor and Isla Smith at first doubles. Smith was consistent with her groundstrokes all afternoon and Cantor finished points at the net en route to a 6-1 victory. On Thursday, the team kept things rolling, winning six of eight matches against CRS. Co-captain Rhys Kaplan remained steady at third singles, relying on consistent groundstrokes during his 6-1 win. Coach Walker was particularly impressed with the doubles pairing of Griffin Targum and Suryavir Nallari-Jhala who recorded their second win of the young season. “They’re really clicking, communicating like they’ve been playing together for years. Suryavir was very solid on his groundstrokes and Griffin was finding empty spots with his volleys and ending points.” The team will take their 2-0 record into a showdown with a talented BB&N team next week.

  • The track & field team remained unbeaten (3-0) with wins over Charles River and Fenn/Nashoba this week. Grace Sullivan and Roudi Youseff continue to provide great leadership and recorded a pair of third-place finishes in field events.
  • Anna Bantham-Livermore shined on defense during junior varsity lacrosse’s loss to NBS this week. Penny Gottesman and Genevieve von Rekowsky provided the offense for the Blue & Gold and Christian Samuel continues to impress.
  • Lila Green and Sophie Cutie led the defense during girls’ varsity lacrosse’s 13-10 win over Nashoba. Julia Casey led all scorers with eight goals. Sara Colangelo netted a goal and played well on offense. The team lost to DCD the following day, 13-7.
  • The junior varsity tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season by beating Nashoba this week. Vatche Balikan showed great patience and keen strategy during his hard-fought win at first singles and Sophie Jean had some tremendous shots in her doubles match.
  • The boys’ lacrosse team won the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late against DCD, losing 6-3 on the road. Mylo Rosenfeld netted a scrappy goal in the waning minutes and Sam Rodriguez fought hard on both ends of the field.
  • Wren Kass continues to improve their serve thanks to lots of hard work at practice and Henry Ward has been bringing his A game to all aspects of IM tennis. The team capitalized on some serious court time this week and are getting better everyday.
  • Ben Fleming and Copeland Maier played well for varsity ultimate during their two games this week. Emmett Mack (numerous points), Jordan Levine (tactical throws), and Christian Atem (epic catches) all shined for JV ultimate.
A student in the air catching an ultimate disk

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