By: Drew Hendrickson, Director of Tennis, Fitness, and Summer Programs
Coach Joe Ruggles and his McCormack team had a long day at the Melnea Cass Center on Friday October 28th. They lost both ends of a double header. First, the Curley took them down 8-3, and 8-1. Then the Frederick followed suit with a 6-5 and 6-0 win.
In the first match, Curley student Angel Garcia-Guzman made the most of his swan song with Tenacity and led his team to a big win at second doubles. Garcia-Guzman is soon moving to Quincy, but this memory of team tennis triumph may help ease the transition to a new community.
In the second match, Frederick 7th grader Owen Turner led the charge over a weary McCormack team.
“Big shout out to Owen,” said Frederick coach Brianna Burke after the match. “He remained attentive, positive and energetic throughout the match, all resulting in a tremendous win.”
Burke’s Frederick team is certainly the upstart squad of this early season. They began the year ranked 5th out of six teams in the pre-season poll, but with this win, they have worked their way into 2nd place in the current standings.
On November 3rd, The Umana heads into enemy territory to play the Curley.
“We’re turning the gym into an Arthur Ashe Stadium of sorts,” said Curley Coach Payne Schanski. “Everyone on our end is really excited about this. It’s a rare chance for our whole class to watch their friends play another team.”
Also on the schedule for November 3rd is the Irving taking on the Jackson Mann at the Cass Center.
Circled on every fan’s and aficionado’s calendar, however, is the November 16th clash of our current league leaders. The Umana will travel to the Cass Center to take on Coach Burke’s hard-working group of overachievers.