Boys' tennis remains unbeatable

March 31, 2008 — by Mika Padmanabhan and Kelly Lamble

This year’s boys’ varsity tennis team has proved unstoppable. As of March 28, they remain undefeated.
Especially dominant have been the team’s singles players. In fact, No. 1 singles player John Lamble is leading the impressive squad with an impressive undefeated record and has not even dropped a set.
Lamble, who has been playing since he was 5 years old, is currently ranked 55th in the nation in the under 18’s division at only 15 years old. His consistent effort and work ethic are an inspiration to the team.
Most recently, Lamble and the rest of the Falcons blazed through one of their major CCS rivals , Sacred Heart Preparatory. Lamble defeated senior Erik Blumencrantz, who will be playing tennis for Yale next year, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 2 singles player freshman Nikhil Jayashankar also came through with an important victory, beating senior Jamie Hutter, who has been struggling with injuries but was recruited to play for Stanford next year. No. 3 and 4 singles players sophomores Michael McGinnis and Eric Gast, respectively, won as well, shutting out the singles.

Doubles didn’t fare as well, however, as the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles’ teams fell 6-4, 6-0, and 6-0, 6-2, respectively.

Although the Falcons handled Sacred Heart, they surprisingly had some difficulty with Gunn High on March 26. They squeaked the match out to come up with a 4-3 victory.

“I guess we sort of overlooked them and were unprepared to face a pretty good team,” said McGinnis. “We came out and didn’t play so well, and they did.”

The deciding match came down to the No. 2 doubles team of sophomores Aditya Joshi and Andrew Hsieh in three clinching sets, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. The other victories included McGinnis and Gast with scores of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-0, respectively, and Lamble with a 6-1, 6-3 win.
The boys hope to extend their dominance over Palo Alto April 14.

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