Boys tennis places first overall at home tournament

Boys tennis places first overall at home tournament against eight other teams Friday, April 1

Allison Seck, JAG editor-in-chief

Competing in an all-day tournament, the boys tennis team brought home first place Friday, April 1. Their competitors were: Bonner Springs, Spring Hill, Bishop Miege, Pittsburg, Olathe Northwest, Saint Thomas Aquinas and St. James.

According to senior Luke Hansen, he felt content with how the tournament went in addition to his fourth overall placing.

“I had one really good win and a pretty tough loss,” Hansen said. “I felt that as with any tournament, there are things that I did very well and some things that can be improved.”

Agreeing with Hansen, senior Xander Pickett thought everyone on the team gave their best effort and enjoyed playing in the tournament.

“I really like playing doubles because tennis is a big mental game in my opinion,” Pickett said. “Having someone there to keep your head in the game helps a lot.”

Unlike Pickett, Hansen preferred to play individually.

“What’s different about playing singles is that it’s just you out there. You are entirely responsible for every single loss but it’s also your own hard work and determination that’s responsible for every win,” Hansen said. “I play singles because it really just suits my play style better than doubles and it’s what I have practiced the most.”

Contrary to Hansen, Pickett played doubles with his partner, junior Nikola Cubric, and appreciated how different it is to playing individually. He felt playing with a partner makes matches more fun.

“I think that me and Nikola play really well together, especially with our aggression at the net making it easier to put points away,” Pickett said. “For my senior season, I am just looking to have fun. Wins are always awesome, but having fun is the most important.”

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