Losing our first match of the season against league rival Trevor Day was not the start the team was looking for, given we had been undefeated in league play for the three previous seasons.
Anchored by two strong players, our doubles teams had aspects to work on and hone.
The team proceeded to go undefeated in our non-league matches, finishing with an overall win-loss record of 8-3.
Disappointed by losing to Lycee Francais twice in one week, the team refocused for its last several practices leading up to the league tournament. Our season culminated in winning the tournament for the fourth year in a row, beating LFNY by one point with everyone contributing to the win. Our singles players went undefeated (and won individual medals as well as the team medal), and each of our doubles teams won one key match.
Perhaps best of all is that each one of the 12 players played in a match during the season, gaining valuable match experience.
Our team captain Peter Maguire and co-captain Alex Wisowaty led by example with a good balance of humor and focus. After our first win of the season, the players announced, “It’s a good day to be a Panther.” Appropriately, we adopted this as our motto for the rest of another successful season for tennis.
Coach Michael Klein