The Jackson High School Boys Varsity Tennis Team topped off a perfect 16–0 record in 2016 by winning the Wesco 4A Tennis Championship Tournament for the eighth year in a row.
The tournament, which spanned a week in mid October and included outdoor and indoor play due to inclement weather, featured eight schools competing for a chance to send players to the 4A State Tennis Championships May 26th and 27th at Richland High School.
In singles, Jackson sophomore Anuj Vimawala placed second and will be playing in the State Championships.
Sophomore Daniel Sohn, who placed third, is the alternate to State (in case another team member is unable to compete).
In doubles, the team of Jackson senior Patrick Follis and junior Andrew Hyun won first place and top seeding for the State Championships.
Doubles team Andrew Kim and Kevin Lee, both juniors, placed third and will be alternates to State.
“At the start of the year, we discussed the season – which would be the most difficult matches and what we would have to do to win them,” said long-time coach David Hutt.
“The students understood what they needed to do and played their best in the toughest matches, which was very impressive.”
Hutt believes several players could place in the highly competitive State Championships, “Anuj Vimawala in singles and Patrick Follis/Andrew Hyun in doubles could all place in State if they continue to play in the off season to make sure they are ready at the end of May. State is a long way away, but they have the talent to place.”
The team was led by senior captains Patrick Follis and Taylor Spring.James Kim (11) was voted Most Improved Player and Patrick Follis was voted Most Inspirational Player.
Other varsity team members were:
- Ryan Chu (11),
- Marcus Alamachandran (11),
- Druvikh Parikh (11),
- Jean Kim (11),
- Samuel Wang (10), and
- Armaan Sharma (10).
Hutt has confidence in his team roster looking forward. “We could go undefeated for the next several years if the kids continue to improve.”
Jackson sophomore Anuj Vimawala. Photo credit: Keanu Walkush.