Although the Revere High boys tennis team saw its record drop below .500 (4-5) this past week, RHS head coach Mike Flynn is very optimistic about his teamâ€™s chances for success over the last half of the season.
â€œWe played three tough opponents,â€ noted Flynn, â€œand even though we werenâ€™t able to get a victory, we played well in all three matches.â€
In a 3-2 loss to Danvers last Monday, first singles Steaven Nguyen banged out a grueling win in three sets, coming back from a 4-5 deficit in the third set to pull out a 7-5 victory. Richie Leng was the other winner for the Pats at third singles.
In a 4-1 loss to Saugus Friday, the first doubles duo of John Nguyen and Michael Truong defeated their counterparts in straight sets. However, thought their teammates came up short, they battled fiercely, grinding out matches that lasted for more than three hours.
â€œI was very pleased and proud with the way that each player gave it his all,â€ said Flynn. â€œThey tried their best and almost outlasted their opponents.â€
Even in a 5-0 defeat to perennial Northeastern Conference champion Marblehead, Flynn saw signs of positive play. â€œLast year, the team lost every game against Marblehead,â€ said Flynn, â€œbut this year, we won 10 games from them, which is quite an improvement.â€
Flynn and his Patriots were set to travel to Swampscott this past Monday and then will â€œhostâ€ Winthrop at Revereâ€™s so-called â€œhome courtâ€ in Winchester. On Friday, they will travel to Gloucester and next Tuesday will travel to Lynn Classical.