Boys’ tennis has strong foundation

February 9, 2018 — by Andrew Lee and Roland Shen

Head Coach: Florin Marica

2016-2017 record: 10-2

2016-2017 recap: lost to Bellarmine in CCS Division I quarter finals

Key Additions: freshman Stefan Meier, sophomore Ronit Pattanayak

Key Matchups: Los Gatos, Monta Vista (Cupertino)

Star Players: senior Dean Stratakos, junior Derek Pinai, senior Tristan Xiao

Key losses (2017 alumni): Andre Xiao, Matthew Kermin, Kailas Shekar

League: Santa Clara Valley Athletics League, De Anza division

Prognosis:

Following an incredibly strong season last year, the Falcons are seeking to rebuild after losing star players Andre Xiao and Kailas Shekar. Despite this setback, the team is optimistic for the future because of their now strong underclassmen foundation. Additionally, many experienced team members including senior Dean Stratakos and junior Derek Pinai are striving to fill the legacies of their lost stars.

“I think we’ll maintain a similar standard to last year because even though we lost many key players, we have good incoming freshmen, and we have a solid base to build a strong future team,” senior Tristan Xiao said.

 

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