Tuesday morning, the Eastern View girls and boys tennis teams wrapped up their seasons with three players competing in the Region 4B singles tournaments.
James Srsich traveled to Hanover for the boys tournament, while Marissa McCoy and Sing Kim competed on the Cyclones’ home court in the girls tourney.
Unfortunately, none of the athletes were able to advance beyond the quarterfinals on Tuesday. However, they didn’t go down without a fight.
The top seed in the girls tournament, McCoy was matched up against Hanover’s Madison Moore. In the first set, McCoy fell behind 4-1 and battled back to come within a game at 5-4. The two went to deuce several times in the match, but Moore was able to pull it a 6-4 victory.
The match started late due to heavy rain earlier in the morning soaking the courts. After the rain gave way, humid temperatures began to rise.
“It was very hot and that made me feel sluggish, but I pushed through it,” McCoy said. “I was pushing myself to come back and get a couple games on [Moore]. I was hoping to win the match, but I couldn’t close out.”
Moore won the second set 6-2 to take the match.
Although her season is over, McCoy is excited for next year.
“I think our team grew together and started feeling like a family as the season went on,” she said. “I can’t wait for next year, because my sister will be able to try out for the team.”
McCoy’s younger sister, Miranda, will be in high school next year and is expected to occupy a spot near the top of Eastern View’s singles lineup with Marissa. The possibility of the sisters playing doubles together exists as well.
Sing Kim won both of her matches last week to advance to the quarterfinals, but fell in straight sets 2-6, 1-6 Tuesday morning.
“It meant a lot getting to play in the singles regional tournament this year since this was the first one that I’ve played in,” Kim said. “I’ve been on the [Eastern View] tennis team since my freshman year and it has been really fun. I have made countless, unforgettable memories throughout the years on this team and it’s been a big part of my high school experience. I’ll miss all of the fun memories, from the van rides to the matches.”
Eastern View head coach Alex Curnow expressed pride in McCoy and Kim.
“Both Sing and Marissa pulled very tough opponents in this round of the singles tournament,” Curnow said. “They both played great and gave it everything they had, but came up short, bringing a close to an incredibly successful season for both of them.”
Srsich played Hanover’s Ross Violi in the boys quarterfinals and fell in straight sets, 0-6, 1-6. Violi went on to win the regional championship.
Srsich’s coach, Preston Will, will miss coaching him next season.
“It’s been a great four years with James,” Will said. “It was sad to watch it come to an end today, but he’s left his mark on the program and for that we are grateful.”