Tough loss to Hanover
On a very windy Monday afternoon the Cougars faced their toughest opponent yet, Hanover. Hanover came as a seasoned team with all players except one being upperclassmen. Two years ago, Hanover made it to the state finals against Bedford with many of the players returning from their run. We were ready for a fight and knew that this was a match in which we could not only compete, but we could win.
In singles Jack Schroeder showed poise and control beyond his years and proved he is one of the best players in the state. Jack was in control of the match the entire time, playing his best tennis to date. Using almost every tool is his array of tennis skills, Jack shut the door on the tough Hanover #1 8-6. At second singles, Christopher Lynch took on a seasoned hard-hitting lefty. Chris was playing his best tennis, but lost some close games bringing the match to 4-7. After a quick fence conversation, Chris loosened up and won the next two games to bring the match to 6-7, before the Hanover #2 took the final game. At third singles Chris Van Natta faced a very tall net-crasher with a wingspan more fitting for a center in basketball. Although he lost 2-8, Chris was in every game bringing them to deuce or 30-40. Ultimately, Chris could not find enough ways to get the ball around his opponent in the wind. At fourth singles, Max Smith faced another battle-hardened challenger from Hanover with a great serve and good hands at the net. Max jumped out to an early lead, but the Hanover #4 adapted and came out on top with a 8-4 win. Jack Krasnof at the fifth spot was neck and neck with his opponent all the way, trading service and return games. Jack played some of his best tennis, but ultimately Hanover’s #5 proved too good at the net and won the match 8-6. In another close contest, Billy Gardner faced a Hanover #6 with a very consistent game and a huge first serve. Billy did a great job withstanding the serve and staying in long rallies, but lost 8-6.
After the letdown of the singles it was difficult to get fired up for doubles. At first doubles Jack and Christopher struggled to find the fire after leaving it all on the singles court. They faced a very strong Hanover first dubs who took down Bedford first doubles last week. They lost 8-0. Max Smith and Chris Van Natta were out for revenge after singles. They were communicating well and playing big at the net, taking their opponents to a tiebreaker. In the breaker it was even for the whole match before Hanover took over at 5-5, with their opponents winning 7-5 in the tiebreaker. At third doubles Jack and Billy had flashes of great play, but were not able to withstand the hard first serves and net play of their opponents.
Even though the match seemed lopsided, we showed that we can compete and win against this tough team. I am proud of how well we played and kept our composure during this tough match. The silver lining to this is that we will travel to Hanover on Friday to face off against them again!
Located in Manchester, NH, The Derryfield School is a private day school for grades 6-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.