CHS BOYS TENNIS: The good kind of growing pain

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MORGAN HILL – Two weeks ago there wasn’t a team. In fact, two
weeks ago, there wasn’t a coach.
Monday, though, led by new head coach Patrick McBrearty, 10
members of the Christopher High boys tennis team tightened up their
shoe laces and took the court in a friendly scrimmage with a
gracious host, Sobrato High School, on a pristine afternoon in
Morgan Hill.
MORGAN HILL – Two weeks ago there wasn’t a team. In fact, two weeks ago, there wasn’t a coach.

Monday, though, led by new head coach Patrick McBrearty, 10 members of the Christopher High boys tennis team tightened up their shoe laces and took the court in a friendly scrimmage with a gracious host, Sobrato High School, on a pristine afternoon in Morgan Hill.

“There were three kids signed up when I took over, McBrearty said. “We have 11 players now.”

Only two of the players have extended playing experience, McBrearty said, adding that some didn’t have their own rackets yet.

But for this group and their coach the outcome on Monday wasn’t as important as the opportunity for the kids to get out and play.

The Cougars took their lumps facing the varsity Bulldogs squad and technically the score was 6-1, but with smiles on their faces, the players were able to enjoy their first taste of high school competition.

“I guess it was not that bad,” Cougars’ No. 1-singles player, freshman Kyle Kwang said.

Kwang, one of the two players on the roster with experience of more than a couple weeks, packs a pretty serious serve, something that he wants to fine-tune as the season progresses.

“It has a 10 percent chance of getting in,” he said. “If I work on it, I guess it could get pretty good.”

Most of the matches were not close, but there was McBrearty, high-fiving his players as they exited the courts, asking how they felt and what they leaned.

“For starters, I am really proud of them,” McBrearty said. “It was a good experience for the boys. There is a lot of learning still to go.”

The Cougars were able to squeeze out a victory in the No. 3-doubles match as Jeffrey Kong and Jesus Nunoz rallied from a set down to take the match in a third-set tiebreaker, 0-6, 6-4, 11-9.

“Jesus just got his racket yesterday,” McBrearty said. “They all have good attitudes and a good approach to the game. We just have to work on a few mechanics.”

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