Boys tennis wins dual at home against Kansas City Christian School

11 duo and single matches were won, continuing their successful season

Molly Smith, JAG editor-in-chief

The boys tennis team defeated Kansas City Christian School in their dual at home on Thursday, April 4.

Brothers sophomore Joshua Stove and junior Ben Stove competed in a winning doubles match together, as well as playing in a singles match each.

According to Joshua, playing alongside his brother helps him expand his compatibility with different types of players.

“It was interesting competing with [Ben],” Joshua said.  “It was like a normal doubles team for me but we talked in between each point about where he will serve in the box or discuss what weaknesses from the other team we can exploit to have the best chance to win.”

Countering Joshua, Ben sometimes finds teaming up with his brother unfavorable.

“It’s fun to compete [with Joshua], but he doesn’t really have my personality so that can sometimes be hard,” Ben said. “Sometimes it is difficult since we cannot see eye to eye on some things but other than that, its is a lot of fun.”

After scoring 8-2 in his singles match, Ben took a look back at the season leading up to the dual at home.

“The season is going pretty well so far, my doubles partner [senior Jacob] Hoffman and I are 5-2 at tournaments, hopefully we will be able to build upon that,” Ben said. “The rest of the team has been doing well so far, our freshman Gage [Foltz] has been doing really well right now. Even though he has a losing record, he’s been playing a lot of tough opponents. Our top 6 are doing really good as well.”

Looking ahead to their next matches, Joshua feels he has improvements to make.

”I am better at singles than I thought but I need to be more aggressive at the net while volleying,” Joshua said. “I am aiming for a better serve and better volleys and I think I am not that far.”

The boys tennis team will compete next in a varsity singles tournament at Bonner Springs High School on Tuesday, April 9.

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