Blind Brook tennis enjoys two victories and suffers staggering league defeat
April 18, 2019 at 7:41 a.m.
The Blind Brook boys’ varsity tennis team had three matches this past week after their Friday contest against Bronxville was postponed due to weather. The boys took an unfortunate loss to league opponent Ardsley High School on Wednesday, Apr, 10, then rallied back the next day to defeat Hastings High School in a few competitive matches. Then, after the long-awaited return of senior captain Zach Marks, the Trojans swept Class A Fox Lane High School for a day’s score of 7-0.
The Apr. 10 match against Ardsley was particularly crushing because it was more than winnable. The league opponent had talent, but none that could match Blind Brook’s top athletes. However, due to both injury and sickness, the Trojans were without two of their top singles players and three of their top doubles players. Nonetheless, the boys played with their hearts and came just short of a day’s victory. Newcomers Jared Cohen and Oscar Rothschild, both sophomores, rallied back from down a set (6-4) to win the remaining set and tiebreak (6-3, 10-8). Blind Brook would fall 4-3 to the Panthers. The Trojans aren’t finished with Ardsley as they’ll see them after the break on Wednesday, May 1 for what should be a day to avenge their defeat.
The following day, Blind Brook was a step closer to being at full strength and took care of Hastings swiftly. At first singles, freshman Kazuma Togawa thrashed 6-1, 6-3 and third singles senior captain Zachary Kornblum provided a “donut” for the squad, winning his pro set 8-0. Overall the boys won the day 5-2.
The Friday, Apr. 12 match against Bronxville had barely begun when rain began to pour. The match will be made up at a later date, currently unknown.
On Tuesday, Apr. 16, the Trojans hosted Fox Lane High School at full strength. The boys expected the Foxes to be a tough opponent, as they have been in years past, but they soon found out the Class A squad was no match for the Trojans’ talent and depth. All around the boys played well and won 7-0.
Senior captain Zach Marks, who had been out due to injury, said, “Coming back off my tough wrist sprain to a victory was a great feeling. To be back out on the courts with my team was exciting, and I was happy to help my team sweep the talented Foxes today.” He added, “Now it’s onward and upward and I have a great feeling about the remainder of our season.”
The Trojans now have a week’s break to rest up. Coming back, the boys will immediately play the notoriously tough league opponent Edgemont High School at home on Monday, Apr. 29. On Wednesday, May 1, the Trojans will seek revenge against Ardsley High School at home. For their third match of the week, the Trojans will have a league contest against Rye Neck High School on Thursday, May 2, location to be determined. And for their third match in a row the Trojans will play their fourth league match of the week on Friday, May 3 versus Bronxville High School at home. Finally, on Monday, May 6, with little rest for the Trojans, they’ll host Rye Neck High School for what will be their second time playing them in less than a week. All matches start at 4:15 p.m.