The Eaglebrook School’s Varsity Tennis Team, a perennially strong team, handed the Cougars a season ending loss. However, the result was not indicative of the competitive nature of many of the matches in singles and doubles. More evident was the intensity of the match between the number one singles. Jay Lee ‘19 and his counterpart exchanged strokes, which kept the audience in awe of both players’ skills and determination. Lee, Jay came out victorious. He also partnered with Gianluca Audia ‘19 to win in doubles. The Cougars finish the year with a winning season; 8 wins and 6 losses.
Pablo Rocha-Vazquez, Head Coach
Eddie Ramos, Assistant
Mr. Rocha, a native of Spain, has coached Cardigan’s varsity team for many years and served as Head Coach for the last four seasons. During his time at Cardigan, the team has won four Lakes Region team titles.
Gianluca Audia, Hanover, NH
Gerardo De Rueda, Culiacan, Mexico
Macsen Elkouh, Enfield, NH
Diego Escalante, Canaan, NH
Owen Fu, Yantai, China
Ricky Garza, Garza Garcia, Mexico
*Jason Lee, Gyeongki-do, South Korea
Jay Lee, Gyeongki-do, South Korea
Jimmy Wu, Kunming, China
Jerry Zhang, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
The Varsity Tennis Cougars hosted the Pelicans from St. Paul’s School. The visiting team exhibited their skills and experience by winning all six singles events. However, the young Cougars put up a good fight by forcing two tiebreaks. Jay Lee ‘19 at number one went toe-to-toe with his counterpart, losing the tiebreak. It also took a tiebreak to dispatch Jason Lee ‘21 at number six. The Cougars won two of the three doubles events. The Cougars will host Eaglebrook School on Saturday for the last match of the season.
The Cougars and Wildcats of Vermont Academy fought a closely contested match, ending with the Cougars eking out a win. The resurging Wildcats took two of three doubles, all of which went the distance. The pair of Ricky Garza ‘20 and Jimmy Wu ‘19 lost to a tiebreak 8 – 9 (4-7), while Jay Lee ‘19 and Gianluca Audia ‘19 had an easier match, winning 8-3. The Cougars third double pair of Diego Escalante ‘20 and Macsen Elkouh ‘19 had a difficult time with very active net Wildcat players, losing 7-9. The first four singles matches were evenly played scoring as follows: Jay Lee 9-8 (7-3), Garza 7-9, Audia 9-7, and Wu 8-6. The two younger members of the team, Escalante and Jason Lee ‘21, played solidly and impressively beat their opponents, 8-0 and 8-3, respectively. The Cougars look forward to the Lakes Region League Tournament this coming Saturday, hosted by New Hampton School.
The Cardigan Varsity Tennis Team’s match against the Huskies was moved inside Turner Arena due to inclement weather. The match began with doubles, which were tightly contested. The Cougars lost the number one and two tandems, the first double of Ricky Garza ‘20 and Jimmy Wu ‘19 at 6-8 and the number two pair, Gianluca Audia ‘19 and Jay Lee ‘19 losing a tiebreak 9 – 8 (5-8). The number three tandem of Macsen Elkouh ‘19 and Diego Escalante ‘20 fought hard and won 7-5. The Cougars needed to win four singles for the match; however, the effort fell short despite the Cougar’s seemingly good start. At number one singles, Jay Lee lost 8 – 6 while Garza at the number two slot did not have his A game, losing 2 – 8. Wu at number four staged a comeback, but could not overcome the deficit, losing 6 – 8. The three singles wins were provided by the Cougar’s number three, five, and six spots. Audia was brilliant in dispatching his opponent 8 – 1, while Escalante came from behind to win 8 – 6. The youngest Cougar, Jason Lee ‘21, playing at number six, duplicated his success against Exeter by eliminating the New Hampton’s player convincingly, 8 – 4. Our next match is against the Wildcats of Vermont Academy on Wednesday.