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The camaraderie of the tennis teams shows despite the mix of experience

According to Head Coach Kevin Reeves, Tigard junior Hayden Troung was one of the team’s top competitors this year. Adam Littman/Tigard Leven

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The Tigard boys and girls tennis teams have a mix of returning players and players new to the sport, but both coaches say the positive attitude of their teams has been a highlight of the season.

“The team is super cohesive,” said Kelsey Wahl, head coach of the girls team. “We have quite a large team this year with 41 girls and they all get along really well. We have a lot of new players and a lot of returning players. Our varsity team has worked very hard this offseason and we see a lot of that hard work paying off this season.”

Kevin Reeves, head coach of the boys team, said he has already seen a lot of growth on his team.

“A lot of our kids are freshmen or just new to playing varsity,” he said. “The young players want to play more and love it.”

As the regular season comes to a close, here’s a look at how things have gone so far for both teams.

Girls team

Wahl said two of her highlights this year were the team’s No. 1 doubles team, seniors Devina Shrestha and Stella Roth. Shrestha has been on the team since she was a sophomore and Roth has been on the team for four years in high school, but this is their first year as a doubles team.

“It was really fun,” Shrestha said. “We work very well together. We hit it off when we first started playing together, so the adjustment wasn’t that difficult.”

Roth agreed, saying the two have similar energy so they can pick each other up on the field when one is absent.

Shrestha said it has been a fun season because the team gets along so well. Roth noticed something else about the team this year that made her senior season a success.

“This is the most competitive group of girls in the last four years,” Roth said. “From last year to this year, the improvement and persistence has been amazing. We are doing very well as a team.”

Wahl said senior Sydney Board, the team’s No. 1 competitor in singles, is also having a strong season. Board is coming off two consecutive Three Rivers League district championships.

Freshman Emi Brown also earned praise from her coach for posting victories in her first season on varsity as the team’s third competitor in singles, and now as a doubles player.

“We have a lot of really versatile players,” Wahl said. “I’m fortunate that they all have a good attitude and are willing to be flexible and play what’s best for the team.”

Another player who has had success in both singles and doubles is junior Maiyah Kashi.

“She has improved tremendously from last season,” Wahl said. “She put in so much work over the summer and fall. She is super committed to tennis and is having a great season.”

Boys team

On the boys side, Reeves said he doesn’t have the most experienced team, but they are learning and improving as the season progresses.

“We are learning how to play mentally, tactically and our technique,” ​​he said. “Those are the three main things we’re aiming for.”

The boys team’s future looks bright, Reeves said, as most of its top players are underclassmen. He named sophomore Joseph Brown, junior Hayden Troung and sophomore James Corella as three of his top players this year. He also said senior Street Inman is having a solid season.

“They are working on their tactics,” Reeves said. “Their techniques are getting better and better. They learn how to use tactics in matches to get the ball they want and win points. They are really competing.”

Reeves also said his team is versatile, with players willing to switch between singles and doubles to try out new looks. In a recent doubles match, Reeves had one of his best doubles teams, Corella and Mehul Munankarmi, both playing doubles. He had two of his best singles players, Inman and Anthony Payne.

“We pair them together to see who plays better with who, or say who you want to play with or who you like to play with,” Reeves said. “Sometimes we let them choose, sometimes we pair them with someone new to see how things go.”

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