WALTHAM, Mass. — Yesterday, Weston traveled to Brandeis University to take on Waltham. In one of the hotter days of the season so far, Coach George Conlin entrusted his alternate lineup to go and get the win.
The only starter from the previous match who played was Zachary Regelman, who played first singles today instead of third singles. Z. Regelman played one of his best matches of the season, albeit against lesser competition. He defeated Waltham 6-0, 6-0 in about 30 minutes, trying out a new style of play. Instead of hitting lots of off-speed slices, Coach Conlin instructed Z. Regelman to hit more topspin shots as well as come to the net off of his serve. This worked well, and Z. Regelman was able to experiment with a new style of play that he might need to use during the rest of the season. Z. Regelman showed his experience today on the court, hitting high percentage shots as well as making a lot of serves. Overall, a really strong day on the court for Z. Regelman.
At two singles, Sammy Regelman, like his older brother Zachary, brought home the win for the Wildcats. It was a big occasion for S. Regelman as he got his first varsity win 6-1, 6-1. S. Regelman faced an opponent with a huge forehand from Waltham; however, he was able to deal with it very well. S. Regelman showed off his defense today, handling the powerful forehand of Waltham’s two. Crucially as well, S. Regelman made a high percentage of his serves, a common theme for Weston singles players.
At three singles was senior Reid Betty, who won 6-1, 6-0. Betty’s clear strength is the consistency with which he plays. He made very few unforced errors and made a high percentage of his serves. Betty’s groundstrokes have improved as the season has gone on and today was the day to show it. Betty’s opponent played a very similar game; however, Betty pushed through this to win the match extremely convincingly. In a very solid performance, Betty took home an important point for Weston.
At first doubles was the pair of Akul Srinivasan and J.P. Noone, who took home a solid 6-0, 6-1 victory over Waltham’s first doubles team. This pair has played quite a few exhibition matches recently, so they were definitely prepared for the match today. A key point for them was consistency, which they both seemed to have mastered. The pair were dominant at the net throughout the match and overall had a solid day. Noone got his first varsity win today with Srinivasan as the regular season draws to a close.
Finally, the freshman pair of Jae Iyengar and Siyang Ding both brought home their first varsity wins today at second doubles with a 6-3, 6-4 win. It was a pretty competitive match for the pair of freshmen and a good start to both of their high school tennis careers. Both Iyengar and Ding had their forehands going throughout the match and sealed the deal in a close second set.
Weston tennis returns next week to close out the regular season against Newton South and Wayland.
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