by MIRIAM SANDERS
One single net separates the opposing teams from collecting their win. Every bounce of the ball and every swing of the racket adds up to the final score. Spring time is here! That means spring sports arrive at the courts this time of year. The fuzzy green ball is ready to bounce around the courts. Boys Varsity Tennis presents itself this season, kicking it off strong.
Practice makes perfect. Every player of every sport must engrave this into their minds so they remember to practice. Sometimes practice interferes with a personal life the player may have; however, players must sacrifice some of their personal life and come to practice ready to give it all, as if they were playing their biggest rival at a tournament. With practice comes improvement, meaning there will probably be more wins in the season. Like any other sport, tennis requires a certain amount of dedication in the game. Without dedication, the team would fail miserably. Dedication involves the players to practice even when the sport is not in season. Along with dedication, tennis members must look at the game with a perspective that leads to balance. Players often focus on winning, leading to unwanted drama on and off the courts. Balance of reactions to wins or losses is extremely important for tennis. That way the environment everywhere is calm. Even though the tennis team doesn’t have as many members other sports, the players must respect the others around them. The team must work together for the common goal of victory, even though this sport is a lot of solo work.
The way a team interacts affects how they will play. Teamwork is vital especially when playing doubles. This is when two of each team plays against each other for the win. The varsity team consists of 8 to 9 people, with 4 to 6 players playing singles and the rest playing double. When asked what the relationship of the team is, Hamza Bhatti, a Junior on the Boys Varsity Team, says, “We are actually really close, especially the varsity. After our tournament this weekend, we went on to celebrate our victories by going to a movie together.” These boys resemble a family, on and off the courts.
The season started a little over a month and a half ago. When asked how the season has gone so far, one teammate states, “Pretty awesome. It’s been fun to be on the courts.” When a teammate wins, it is more than just a personal win since you faced the opponent alone. The win spreads to the team, also. Last Monday, Boys Varsity Tennis defeated Mt Whitney with a score of 9 to 0. This Wednesday, March 14, the Boys Varsity Tennis team faced Hanford. Monday, March 19, the Boys Varsity Tennis team plays Redwood at home. Later that week, on Wednesday, March 21, El Diamante Boys Varsity Tennis team is away, facing Lemoore. At home on Monday, March 26, the team plays Hanford West. Away on Wednesday, March 28, the Boys Varsity Tennis team faces their biggest rival, Golden West. This season has come with a good start. For this season, Hamza Bhatti confesses, “My hopes are to win valley, but that is going to be tough, so we can start by winning WYL.”
The Boys Varsity Tennis team has a great season ahead of them. For a great success, the team needs your support in the stands. Go out and support your El Diamante Miner Boys Varsity Tennis team.