Boys tennis team excited to showcase improvement

Returning varsity players feel confident that they can bring home a sectional win.


Madelyn Knight

Senior Seejay Patel swings at the ball during a practice.

Logan Zrebiec , Reporter

Throughout the entire of history of SHS boys tennis, the team has never made it past sectionals. With the combination of returning and new talent, this year’s team hopes to break that streak.


“I’m mostly looking forward to sectionals this year,” senior and captain Seejay Patel said. “I think we have a serious chance of winning it this year.”


Although the team has had a rough couple of years (last year they were 4-12 being 0-6 in conference), Patel and junior Noah Thomas have faith in this year’s team to make it memorable.


According to Patel, he and the team practiced a lot over the summer on their techniques and performances and have a lot more experience coming back this year, as in Patel himself, junior Colston Streit, junior Moses Mang and others, to help improve the team’s chances of going farther than sectionals in the postseason.


Even though this year’s team has a multitude of returning talent, they still have to adapt to another new coach. Alireza Taghizadehafshari (Taghi), last year’s assistant coach, has taken over the role of head coach for this year.


“I’m really excited to see how everybody comes together and acts as a team because we have a really tiny group of varsity players,” Thomas said. “I’m really excited to see us work together and challenge each other.”


Thomas is one of the returning varsity tennis players from last years team. Like Patel, he also hopes to not only return to sectionals, but to win.


This being his last year, Patel has high hopes for his team.


“It’s my senior year so I’d love to bring one home for Southport,” Patel said.