The Matadors appeared to be in good spirits as they warmed up for their game against Gunn HS, with sophomore Evan Yu joking about the fact that he had to borrow shoes from a teammate because he left his at home.
The boys tennis team returned for their first home game of the year after finishing last season with an undefeated league record and attending the CCS playoffs. Now with new head coach Jerry Santos, the team is hoping for another undefeated season, and according to Yu, vengeance for last year’s losses against Palisades HS in a tournament, and St. Ignatius HS, who knocked the Matadors out of CCS.
Santos has been coaching for 20 years in various different sports, and he says that this group of players is particularly talented with their efficiency when managing themselves during practices. He has high hopes for this team, explaining that the team’s ultimate goal is to go as far as the USTA NorCal Championships. He says that especially with a team as skilled as this one, his role is different than that of a regular coach.
“I’m more managing than coaching. The team can manage themselves, really,” Santos said. “[I’m] just making sure that they are on track.”
As for this game against GHS, the Matadors dominated, shutting out their opponents with a 7-0 win and keeping them on track for another undefeated season. Hover over the icons below to see the scores from the matches on Feb. 28.