May 18, 2007
Boys’tennis has strong season
BY JOSEPH SCHWENDLER SPORTS
After winning one of the most important matches of the season by a close score of 5 to 4 against Shenendehowa, the Niskayuna varsity tennis team continued to improve throughout the rest of the season. The team rolled through the rest of the season with three straight wins against Columbia, Saratoga and Colonie. With the lowest part of their season being a close loss to Bethlehem by a score of 5 to 4, the team finished strong with four straight wins. They dominated Averill Park with a score of 9 to 0, Shaker with a score of 7 to 2, Guilderland with a score of 6 to 3, and Burnt Hills 8 to 1. Doubles partners Jacob Finkle and Gavin Labate went undefeated in the regular season, as well as singles player Bryan Chow.
The team went into the Sub- urban Council tournament feeling confident that they would be able to perform well. Both sophomore Bryan Chow and eighth-grader Chris Frost
reached the semifinals in the singles tournament. Unfortu- nately, the two players were matched against one another in the semifinals. Chow came out on top 6-0, 6-1 and moved on to the finals, eventually winning the singles section of the Suburban Council tour- nament. Doubles partners Phil Manor and Chris Down reached the quarterfinals, just missing qualifying for the Doubles Sectionals tourna- ment. Nevertheless, both Frost and Chow finished in the top four, and so qualified to play in the Individual Sectionals tournament at Central Park. “We have been playing well thus far, but are still steadily improving. If we keep it up I think that we have a very good chance in Team Sectionals,” commented Chow. The team is hopeful that the outstanding performances they have seen so far will carry over into the Team and Individual Section- als tournaments that will take place over the next two weeks.
The team is seeded second
Warrior Photo / Chris Nelson LEFTY BACKHAND: Senior Gavin Labate plays first doubles with junior
Jacob Finkle. The duo has put up a strong performance, going undefeated throughout the regular season.
Warrior Photo / Chris Nelson
SHADY CHARACTER: The exchange student, Phillippe Rossellini, from Switzerland poses for the camera. To his left is senior Chris Down who plays third singles.
in their section, only falling behind Bethlehem who went undefeated this season. Team sectionals begin May 16, and this year the team has a good chance at taking first. Individ- ual sectionals begin the fol- lowing week on May 22. Chow and Frost are both consider- able contenders in the singles division. Chow has been in this position before and com- peted against the other top competitors in his division. Some the top opponents are David Chader of Cobleskill, Derrick Angle of LaSalle, Matt Kandath of Albany Academy and the exchange student from Bolivia, Mauricio Balliv- ian. Chow played against both Chader and Kandath last year
in the Sectional tournament, winning against Chader, but unfortunately falling to Kan- dath in the semifinals of Sec- tionals. To qualify for States, Chow and Frost need to place in the top 3 at the Sectionals tournament.
With this year’s season com- ing to a close, the team must prepare for next year by replac- ing their current seniors Chris Down, Phil Manor and Gavin Labate. There should be little difficulty doing so with players such as Chow and Frost, as well as juniors Mike Reilly, Ja- cob Finkle, Dan Schwartz and sophomore Scott Nevins. ~Additional reporting by Rachele Marra, Jacob Finkle, Steven Tang, and Vanessa Lobo.