Valentina Du Pond
On Tuesday May 1, the Bonita Vista Varsity Boys’ Tennis team played against Mira Mesa High School in the Division two round 16 game, the round before quarter finals. This was the first year of coaching for Liza Tacher, who volunteered to coach earlier this year.
“I wasn’t sure if I would be able to [coach]. Almost all of the coaches from the other schools are tennis pros. I am just passionate about tennis and have been playing for ten years so I wasn’t sure if I was able to go against that. But the boys helped me and Coach Scheffield was a great support as well as the girl’s tennis coach, Coach Bautista. They helped me out and it worked out well,” Tacher said.
Senior and tennis captain Nozomu Tateishi walked into the court for his last playoff season. For Tateishi, he predicted the team would come out of the series advancing all the way to the championship game.
“I feel like I’ve been playing really well lately since I practiced a lot during the offseason this year,” Tateishi said. “I hope I can get a solid three wins for the team today and bring it to the next day. I think I’ll do good today.”
After a powerful serve, BVH took the first point. Tateishi typically hit serves that the other team would not see coming. According to Tacher, Tateishi was a part of the teams’ success. During the game, Tateishi won all three of his tennis matches. For him, a mix of both intelligent and agile power-swings played key to succeeding during the match.
“The MVP is Noz. The team next year is going to be really lacking because he won’t be here,” Tacher said. “He is a very talented player and a good person which brings everything positive to the team.”
BVH had not yet played Mira Mesa, ranked as 12th in the league. By the end of the first round, the score was tied at six-to-six which according to Tacher, did bring a lot of competition to the game.
“It’s nerve-wracking, to say the least, right now we might be able to pull it through, but it’s a good competition. It’s not gonna be easy, the boys need to play smart and cut down on the errors. They’re nervous, and the other team is a good team,” Tacher said during the game.
In the end, the game came down to three distinct matches and needed to win each of them in order to advance to semi-finals. In particular, first-time doubles team Sergio Martinez and Eddie Rosario struggled with maintaining consistent serving and keeping the ball in play. During the last moments of the game, speedy serves landed out of bounds or did not reach past the net. After losing two and winning one doubles matches, the team lost the round in total with a score of 8-10.
“We lost that game in a tight battle,” Tateishi said. “We played pretty good overall but we definitely could have done better.”
As the Baron’s season came to a close, new beginnings arose. Freshman player Zyden Buse had a different outlook of the match. To him, the loss was just another aspect of the game.
“I consider every match really important every match I consider as a statement of what our skill is and our confidence and our unification as a team and how we play.” Buse said. “Its thrilling, like an adventure it’s like a rollercoaster, you never play the same exact game every time, every game is different.”