U19 Boys Tennis National Schools Championships
BSC v Knights Templar – Result: 5-1 Win for BSC
The team, consisting of Matt, Jason K, Ben H and Maxime S, had their work cut out against a team that reached the National Finals last year. Although the opposition were missing two of their highest rated players, they still had a team rated considerably higher than ours, with their number one on a 3.2 rating, whilst Matt H is a 6.1.
Nonetheless, the boys kept their minds on the matter in hand and Matt dispatched his opponent in convincing fashion, winning 6-0 6-0. Jason, playing at number 4 (due to his rating), also won in a similar manner 6-0 6-0. Maxime had to play a slightly older opponent and, despite trying hard, lost 6-2 6-0, putting us 2-1 up in the singles and looking like a 2-2 result, as Ben H just lost the 1st set 5-7, but then managed to come back in the second set and win it 6-2, followed by the championship tie-break in the 3rd (10-3). In the doubles Matt and Jason beat the first pair 6-1 6-2 and Ben and Maxime also managed to win their match 6-1 6-0.
Overall, a fantastic result, placing them in the semi-finals of their group.
BSC v St Albans – Result: 3-3 The College Winning in the Shoot-out 10-5!
On Tuesday 9th May, back in action on the home courts, the same team as the previous round set about the task of reaching the finals of their section. With home support, it was set to be a very close and tough match.
The boys played their 4 singles first. All of the opposition were once again higher rated than our players, but being used to this, it did not faze them. Matt, playing at 1 against a 5.2, won 6-1 6-4 in a solid first set and slightly closer 2nd set. Ben, playing a boy the same age, had a very close match that could have gone either way at various stages, but lost 6-4 6-1. Maxime had to play an older student who had the advantage of size and power, but tried hard with some excellent points and games being played, score 6-2 6-1. Finally, Jason at number 4 had more of a battle than he had been used to, but managed to win with some excellent play between them 6-3 6-2.
In the doubles, Matt played with Ben and Jason played with Maxime and the latter managed to win 6-4 6-3, whilst Matt and Ben had some fantastic points, but just lost 7-6 6-3. The match was all, therefore, dependent on a championship tie-break shoot–out, which enabled us to put Jason and Matt together (a regular and older pairing of recent years, due to their singles positions of 1 & 4) and despite Matt having an injury, they managed to play a very clever tie-break, using a combination of power and placement along with effective interceptions to win 10-5!
The boys are now through to the finals of Group 6 (Herts/Cambs/Northants/Beds) of the Glanville Cup – the furthest the school has come over the past three years of the competition, so an excellent achievement so far. Well done!