Stuy Tennis A Hit
April 16th, 2003
Coming off successful seasons last year, both the boys’ and girls’ varsity tennis teams have started their respective seasons on fire. Each starting with a victory this season, both teams seem ready to take on the rest of the city and come out on top. With such team spirit and confidence, there is not much doubt that each team will once again make an appearance in the playoffs.
The boys’ team, the Pon Stars, has a 3-1 record so far, with only one loss to Hunter College High School. Despite this loss, the Pon Stars are confident that their April 9 rematch with Hunter, whom they regard as their stiffest competition, will have a different result. As of now, they hold the top spot in the Manhattan A division, followed by Hunter who is only one win behind.
Although many pivotal players, especially the dominant Roy Braid, graduated last year, the team is still confident in its ability to play well and win. As a matter of fact, three players are nationally ranked in the 18-and-under, 16-and-under, and 14-and-under age groups.
Coach Timothy Pon, a retired teacher, has recruited 11 new players, including six freshmen. Under the leadership of the more experienced team members, the newcomers should develop their skills rapidly. “Stuy’s tennis team is one of the best in the city because of the great teamwork and experience from upperclassmen,” said freshman Teddy Jurlano. After their disappointing loss in the finals last season to Benjamin Cardozo High School, the Pon Stars are hoping to claim the championship for themselves this season.
The girls’ team is first in the Manhattan B Division with a 5-0 record. After losing in the playoffs last season, the girls are prepared to win the championship. With six new players and Larry Barth as the new coach, the team is in good shape. The fresh talent brings confidence and high expectations to a team already led by experienced veterans.
The playoffs for both teams begin in May. Thus far, there is no reason to doubt that both teams will see playoff action once again.