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Lions fall to Field Falcons in third game of season

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Lions fall to Field Falcons in third game of season

Junior and co-captain Matthew Lawrenz serves in the boys varsity tennis team's third game of the season.

Junior and co-captain Matthew Lawrenz serves in the boys varsity tennis team's third game of the season.

photo by Rachel Dori

Junior and co-captain Matthew Lawrenz serves in the boys varsity tennis team's third game of the season.

photo by Rachel Dori

photo by Rachel Dori

Junior and co-captain Matthew Lawrenz serves in the boys varsity tennis team's third game of the season.

Rachel Dori, Guest Writer

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The boys varsity tennis team lost five matches to none to the Field School in their third match of the season on Tuesday. The boys hope to use this tough loss as a learning experience.

Co-captain and junior Matthew Lawrenz lost first singles to opponent Harry Kittredge by a score of 10-2. Kittredge’s aces and strong hits gave him the edge over Lawrenz.

“I didn’t win, however, I think I played well and I feel like I have been improving over the year,” Lawrenz said. “I have worked very much with our coach this year to get better and I feel like I have improved because of that.”

Lawrenz plans to work on the strength and consistency of his shots and plans on improving his slice. While this game did not go in favor of the team, Lawrenz is still happy with the team’s performance so far this season.

“Throughout this year, as a team I feel like we’ve grown a lot and I can see that everyone on the team is improving their game very much. They’re working hard to get better, and we’ve had positive results thus far,” Lawrenz said. “Because of that, [our record is] two and one in the league so we have a good position to make playoffs and do well.”

Co-captain Oren Swagel also lost his match, second singles, by a score of 10-1, and freshman Ari Rabinowitz lost third singles by a score of 10-2. While Rabinowitz hopes to continue improving the speed and accuracy of his hits, he is proud of the effort he put into the match.

“My strength was hitting [the ball] back the few times I could,” Rabinowitz said.

Doubles partners and freshmen Adam Drexler and Jason Vinokour lost first doubles by a score of 10-2 and freshman Lincoln Aftergood and eighth grader Matan Rosenberg lost second doubles as well, with a score of 10-1.

While coach Brendan Mattingly is proud of the boys’ hard work, he is disappointed with how the boys played technically.

“There were a couple guys that could have played with a little more intensity,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly added that while some players followed his advice well, he had to repeat some comments before they were implemented.

While the match may have had a low score, Mattingly feels their playing was competitive and resulted in some great points. He hopes that this match was a wake up call for them.

The team plans on improving their gameplay and gaining more experience over the course of the rest of the season. Mattingly said that because the team is young and new to the program program, they lack experience, which was a major factor in their loss. He hopes that more practice will enable the boys to play better.

“We’re building a program and we’re definitely going in the right direction, but it’s still going to take some more work and some more discipline on their part,” Mattingly said. “We can get there, we can end up winning banners.”

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