Park boys tennis: Wolfpack’s season ends with loss to EastviewPark’s season of ups and downs came to an end at Eastview on Tuesday, May 15, during the opening round of Section 3AA tournament play.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
Park’s season of ups and downs came to an end at Eastview on Tuesday, May 15, during the opening round of Section 3AA tournament play.
This year displayed the team’s determination to reach some of its goals, but also documented where they came up short. The Wolfpack went undefeated in their non-conference schedule, but was unable to improve on last year’s conference record. They finished the season 7-10 overall.
“We were very competitive in conference this year, but had difficulty closing out matches. We lost four matches by the score of either 3-4 or 2-5,” said Park head coach Tony Townsend.
This season’s many close matches inspire Townsend to look for improvement in future years. He wants to see his players continuing to work hard over the summer.
“I am hoping that by gaining experience and working extremely hard during the off-season that we will . . . be able to win some of those close matches that we let slip away this year,” Townsend said.
He also hopes to foster tennis talent at a younger age in the community by bringing the USTA to the elementary schools. Park High School will hold multiple tennis camps over the summer for ages 5-17.
The depth of talent that Townsend believes these efforts will create would come in handy against tough lineups like Eastview. The Wolfpack was competitive in doubles against the Lightning, but was outmatched in singles.
Number one doubles team freshman Mekdim DeJene and junior Jacob Elliott picked up the only Park win at the match. The convincing 6-1, 6-1 final score showed how far the pair has come over the season.
“They are developing great chemistry with each other and are improving with their movement and shot selection as they gain experience,” said Townsend.
Because of their outstanding play this season, DeJene and Elliott were awarded the fifth seed as they head to the individual Section 3AA tournament at the Lakeville Lifetime Fitness on May 25th.
The pair will be accompanied by senior Scott Johnson representing Park at No. 1 singles and sophomore Pele Le at second singles.