Johnny Russell ’22
Last Saturday at the Woodberry tennis courts, the Tigers defeated Episcopal 7-2. This well-earned victory saw the Varsity Tennis team’s record improve to 5-2, with only two losses to Prep League foes St. Christopher’s School and Collegiate School.
Unlike the match the day before against Virginia Episcopal, the weather didn’t seem to be an issue for the Tigers. “Yesterday the wind was blowing like crazy, which made play very challenging for the boys. It’s great to have clear skies and little wind on such an important day for not only this team but for the school as a whole,” said coach Drew Collier before the match started.
In singles play, the only player to lose their match was top seed Willis He ’21, who fought hard in a grudge match against Episcopal’s top seed Thomas Peacock in a 10 game pro set format.
Notable victories in singles play included wins from Carter Dupuy ’22, who continued his fine run of play after beating St. Chris’s 5th seed earlier in the week, and captain and third seed Ben Mills ’21, who has also continued to rack up singles victories for the Tigers.
“I’m just really happy with the state of my game right now,” said Mills after his crushing victory. “I’ve been working on some new things in practice and fortunately it’s paying off.”
In doubles play, the Tigers were equally as dominant, winning four out of the five matches. Their only loss came in the doubles match between both teams’ top seeds, with Tyler Mills ’21 and He losing a close one. The Tigers weren’t just winning in the Top 6 matches. Newcomers Henry Boney ’23 and Preston Polk ’24 worked hard to win their doubles exhibition match and won their individual matches as well.
With the victory against their archrival, Woodberry’s varsity tennis team moved to third in the state behind very talented teams in St. Chris and Collegiate. The Tigers had a chance to get revenge on the Saints this Tuesday, but the game was unfortunately postponed due to inclement weather. Varsity Tennis is set to return to the courts this Friday against Benedictine, hoping to improve their record to 6-2.