Boys Tennis Team Surges to 4-1 Record


A Rebel serves to a Catholic Memorial Knight

Aidan Lancaster

A Rebel serves to a Catholic Memorial Knight

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Surging to a 4-1 record, the Boys Tennis Team has found success early this season with four straight wins.  Most recently, the Rebels notched two victories, one against Catholic Memorial and a close one against Natick.  They then lost a match to an impressive Newton North team; however, if the Rebels keep up their competitive level of play, they should be playoff-bound at the end of the regular season.

The Boys Tennis Team continued their winning ways on April 25 beating Catholic Memorial 4-1.  Last year the Rebels had a tough time against this private school but this year seems to be a different story.  The Knights were still looking for their first win when they squared off against Walpole.  That win did not come from the Rebels.

Junior Nate Cameron —  who still had yet to lose a match — looked to continue his winning streak.  He beat his opponent easily winning all of the sets.  The one hiccup of the day came when seniors double Brian Lotsbom and  Pat Mckernan lost their match to Catholic Memorial.  Although he lost, Lotsbom was not playing with his usual doubles partner.  Michael “Zach” Rogers, Lotsbom usual doubles partner, was unable to play because he was plagued with flu-like symptoms.  However, after the match Lotsbom made no excuses.  He said, “I went out there and I did not play my best match.  There is no excuse for the loss today.”

After beating the Knights, the Rebels faced off against an impressive Natick Team on April 27.  The match was close just like everyone expected, but the Rebels were able to prevail and win 3-2.  A big part off that win came from gutsy performances by Fraser and McKernan.  McKernan was able to beat his opponent in the fourth set.  McKernan said, “Even though I did not play my best, I was able to dig deep and come out with the victory.”

The return of Rogers helped the Rebels as well as he and Lotsbom won their doubles match.  Rogers said, “It was good to get back out on the court and I am glad I was able to help my team win.”  Unfortunately, Camerons win streak came to an end as he lost in the third set of his match.  However, Cameron said “It was not about the streak I am just glad we won the match.”  The Rebels were sitting pretty with a 4-0 record and tied for first with Wellesley in the Bay State Herget Division.

But that all changed when the Rebels faced off against Newton North.

Newton North is one of the strongest teams in the whole Bay State Confrence and their dominance showed as they pulvarized the Rebels 5-0.  The Rebels may have been on the wrong end of a hot wining streak.  Starting off the year at a dissapointing 1-2.  The Tigers have roared back winning their past four mathches 5-0, including the Rebels last defeat.  The Rebels played hard but were over matched.

“We played well, but they played really well,” said Cameron.  It also seemed as if the ball was on the Tigers side.  On numerous occasions Tiger players just squeezed the ball inside the line, and all the Rebel players could do was watch.

All in all the Rebels are off to an impressive start and have a 4-1 record.  That is good for second best in the Herget and fourth best overall in the Bay State Conference.  The Rebels are averaging 3.0 points a game and give up on average 2.0 points a game.  So far the Rebels have won the games they are supposed to, but still await their best test in Wellesley.