Men’s Tennis Raises a Racquet

By Katelyn Yang, Clarion Staff

The Men’s Tennis team finished their season with an overall record of 7-8. A majority of the games they won this season were dominated by Kennedy players with final scores averaging 8-1.

They started the season with a loss against River City but bounced back and won their next match against Monterey Trail. From there, the team traded wins and losses and had a three game winning streak against Burbank, Valley, and Florin. They took two losses and two wins before competing in the playoffs where they lost their last match against American Canyon by a narrow margin of 4-5.

Team captain Matthew Lin, who has played tennis for 10 years and has been undefeated for the past two years, said, “The season was great! We had a lot of seniors, and this year was the first time any of us had made playoffs. We even won a round in playoffs!” He also told The Clarion their toughest opponents were Laguna Creek and McClatchy, the only teams they had lost against consecutively, and that his favorite match this season was their match against Consumnes River Oaks. “We pulled off the upset with a 5-4 win!”

This is Lin’s last year playing on Kennedy’s tennis team as he is graduating this June. When asked if he had any words for his team, he said, “It was great being on the team for the past four years. I hope you guys will continue to improve your game and enjoy playing tennis!”

Kennedy’s Men’s Tennis team is currently in the Metropolitan Conference League of the San-Joaquin Section Division II, and they can only get better from now. Although the 2016-2017 season has ended, let’s continue to support our cougars and wish them good luck for next year’s season.

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