A victory in their league opener, a second-place finish in the prestigious Lynch Cup, and a chance to get everybody in the mix: That's what makes momentum.
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“We want to keep this positive momentum going through the rest of the league schedule,” boys tennis coach Rick Lund said.
Led by brothers Eric and Matthew Bilotta and Jack Brewer, the Warriors swept all six singles matches and won their South Yosemite League opener over Independence on Thursday, March 16.
From there, they went directly into the Lynch Cup at Centennial High School, winning three of four matches and beating Arvin 4-2 for the Division II runner-up spot on Saturday, March 18.
Seniors Eric Bilotta and Brewer and Eric's freshman brother, Matthew, played in the top three singles spots in all four games, and swept three of the four.
The Warriors also beat Liberty 6-0 and Frontier 5-1 during the two-day tournament, sustaining their only singles and team loss against eventual D-II champ Centennial, 4-2.
“The Lynch Cup traditionally features some of the best teams in our area,” Lund said. “For our guys to come away with a 3-1 record and a second place finish in Division II, that’s a big deal.
“We asked a lot of our top three players by having them play singles the entire tournament and they came through.”
In their SYL opener, the other singles winners were Zach Blue, Seth Lum and Mark Henderson.
The Warriors also won two of the three doubles matches, getting wins from the teams of Eric Bilotta-Dominic Counihan and Blue-Joe Counihan.
“We couldn’t ask for a better start to league play,” Lund said. “Our singles did a great job. The sweep allowed all of our players to get some work in at doubles and that’s a big plus for us.
“As the season goes on, we want to get everyone on the ladder as much match experience as we can.”
That league campaign continued with matches scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, at home against defending SYL and CIF Division II champ East Bakersfield and on Thursday, March 23 at Golden Valley.