Having won ten out of the last ten Inter-Ac championships, this year’s tennis squad is hungry to defend its record breaking streak of dominance.
With Sixth Form Captain Patrick Bottin leading the pack, this year’s tennis team also includes Sixth Formers Max Feracci, George Laveran, Andrew Minnis, Matthew Schwartz, Augie Aliaga, and Joey White who are excited to finish out their senior year strong after missing last year’s season due to COVID.
“We have a whole new group of underclassmen talent and upperclassmen experience.”Patrick Bottin ’21
Although the team has a lot of young players as well, Bottin emphasizes the balance between old and young.
“We have a whole new group of underclassmen talent and upperclassmen experience, which will be valuable especially since the team has not played a match since the 2019 season,” Bottin said.
“I can offer advice for my peers with how to handle the big pressure situations and perform better in games.”Jay Crowther ’23
But experience doesn’t always come from one side. Fourth Former Jay Crowther said, “As a regular tournament player, I can offer advice for my peers with how to handle the big pressure situations and perform better in games.”
Even with the relative inexperience of this year’s team, the Fords have high expectations for this season. Not only do they want to defend their previous title, they also want to make sure this streak doesn’t die anytime soon.
“My goals for the upcoming season are to develop and grow everyone’s game, and to create a family within the team.” Bottin said. “And to add another Inter-Ac championship to our name.”
The short lived period of warm weather gave an opportunity for the team to get back out on the courts as the snow melted away. And, with the current courts at Haverford covered by Virtue Village, the varsity team will be practicing at Baldwin for the rest of the year.