Following their loss to undefeated El Capitan High on March 14, the Patterson High boys tennis team has continued to produce, with wins over Central Valley on March 19 and an 8-1 victory over Atwater High on March 26.
Patterson went into the season with an air of uncertainty as they entered a new league in the Central California Conference, but despite those concerns the squad has put together an admirable push this spring. With the win over the Falcons on Tuesday, Patterson improved to 6-1 in league play with their only loss coming to first-place El Capitan.
“We’re trying to figure out what to do with this team. It’s very difficult to practice on four courts, but it’s paying off because the guys are really competitive,” head coach Raustand Nzoule said following the match against Atwater. “We have been consistent. We have all these new players I’m trying to get ready to compete, and they’re stepping up to the challenge.”
Number one singles players Chris Tapia and Aidan O’Herin had to go to a third set to decide the victor of a physically exhausting match that saw Tapia walk away the victor with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over O’Herin in a match that lasted well over two hours.
Senior Logan Davis dropped his match to Alfonso Torres 1-6 and 2-6 in the battle of number two singles.
Senior Jonathan Trans defeated Eli Figueiredo 6-3 and 7-6 in the third singles match, while senior David Prado-Bustos made quick work of Fidel Arroyo 6-2 and 6-0 in the number four singles match.
Freshman Diego Herrera put together a 6-2 and 6-4 victory over Malachi Jensen, and Jesus Torres defeated Enrique Fregoso 6-4 and 6-3 in the final singles match of the day.
The duo of senior Jared Hartsell and sophomore Antonio Briseno toppled Atwater’s Luis Hernandez and Brian Urzua 6-4 and 6-1 in the only doubles match played.
Atwater was unable to fill the final two doubles matches, resulting in a pair of default wins for the Tigers.