Taft Gantt ‘20
The Tiger’s varsity tennis team finished the regular season 5-3 as they head into the Prep League Tournament. The team has had to overcome many challenges after losing four of the top six players from last season. The top six singles and top three doubles courts are:
- Thomas Griffin
- Willis He
- Mariano Corona
- Taft Gantt
- Tyler Mills
- Will Wytrzes
- Thomas Griffin/Mariano Corona
- Willis He/Tyler Mills
- Mariano Corona 3. Taft Gantt/Thomas Rowland
“Losing so many seniors from the team last year, I was worried about how our team would be this season,” said captain Thomas Griffin ’19. “But with the work put in over the offseason and our solid group of freshman, we have been able to have another successful season.”
The Tigers started the season 3-0, with road wins over James Monroe, St. Anne’s-Belfield, and E.C. Glass. Winning 22 out of the 27 matches, Woodberry dominated almost every court.
On April 6, Woodberry six seven high schools from Virginia and Maryland in the annual Woodberry Forest Invitational. The top six singles and top four doubles courts from each team were put in their own bracket with all the schools. The Tigers fought hard all day, finishing in fifth place as a team. Corona, Gantt, and Mills all claimed third place in singles while Mills and He finished third in doubles.
Woodberry then went on to play a very talented Georgetown Prep team in poor conditions, losing 7-0. The Tigers bounced back three days later by defeating Trinity Episcopal 9-0 to claim their second Prep League win.
In the last week of the season, Woodberry played three matches in five days to make up for all the cancellations earlier in the season. After losing to Collegiate and St. Chris 7-2 each, Woodberry defeated EC Glass at home 9-0 to close out the regular season.
The Tigers now go on to the Prep League tournament in Richmond with two full days of tennis on Tuesday, May 8th and Friday, May 11th, where they will look to win their 5th straight Prep League title.
“I feel confident that we are ready for to compete at a high level with the best schools in the Prep League,” said Griffin. “Although we lost to Collegiate and St. Chris during the season, I know we can get our revenge next week.”