Boys Tennis Defeats Logan in Second Matchup


Jay Phatak

Aayush Shah (11), pictured above, played in the Varsity 5/JV 1 match and defeated his opponent with a score of 8-4.

On March 30th, the Boys Tennis team won a convincing victory against Logan High School at the home game, with a final score of 5-2. This home game was the second matchup between Irvington and Logan this season. The first one had resulted in a victory for Logan, but this time, Irvington successfully turned the tide.

The team had an unsuccessful start to the season. After a series of defeats, even an unexpected one against Logan High School, this was a fresh breath of victory for the team. One of the reasons they had lost previously was because team captain Aryaman Gautam (12) was not able to play, resulting in all players slotted up and being paired with a higher skilled opponent than usual. However, with Gautam back on the court for the 2nd matchup, the odds were soundly in Irvington’s favor.

“I think a lot of players on our team were a little nervous, thinking ‘we don’t want to lose this time,” said Gautam. “Personally, I felt pretty confident because I knew if we slot every player down, we were going to win.”

Playing against Logan in a home game also gave Irvington an advantage, since playing away can often make players feel more tense or nervous and can impact their performance. As the season comes to an end in a couple of weeks, the team hopes to regain their momentum and have a better performance.

“On Wednesday April 13th, we’re playing against Mission San Jose on Senior Night which we want to end off pretty well for our seniors,” said Aayush Shah (11). “It’s our last week and AP exams are about to come, so we’re just going to try to have fun.”

The team looks forward to using the latest victory as a confidence booster in order to win the next few games of the season, including the last match on Senior Night.