The Revere High boys tennis team concluded its final week of the season on an upbeat note with a 4-1 win over Lynn English last Tuesday.
Senior captain Francesco Tartaglia led the way with a complete shutout of his English opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Junior Malak Mossadek triumphed at second singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Although senior captain Richard Bonilla came out on the short end of a hard fought 7-5, 7-5, match, the Patriot doubles teams both emerged victorious. The first doubles duo of Pariwat Chaiwong and Mladen Pepic at first doubles pulled out a three set match, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 and the second doubles team of Tim Mellen and William Truong also won, 6-1, 7-5.
“The young guys saved the day for us,” said RHS coach Mike Flynn. “We had to move some players around in the doubles matches, but they came through very well. William Truong played excellently filling in for an injured player in his second varsity match.”
Although the Patriots dropped their season finale to Peabody, one of the top teams in the Northeastern Conference, in a match that saw the first doubles pairing of Nick Mucci and Pepic fall by a score of 6-4, 6-2 in which they played really well and lost to a very good team, Flynn had nothing but praise for his team’s effort this past season.
“The team has come a long way since the beginning of the year and they really stuck with it,” said the coach. “They worked hard and improved tremendously. Every single player on the team played to his potential. They all should be very proud of their performances this season, both individually and as a team.”
Flynn noted that Mossadek was chosen to the second team All-NEC Team at second singles and that both of his captains, Tartaglia and Bonilla, received Honorable Mention accolades.
“We’ll miss Francesco and Richie,” said Flynn. “They provided great leadership and set an example for our younger players. But the future is looking good and hopefully the team will work on their skills during the summer.”
Members of the 2010 Patriot tennis team were: Francesco Tartaglia (SR Capt), Richard Bonilla (SR, Capt), Malak Mossadek (JR, Capt), Pariwat Chaiwong (JR), Tim Mellen (Soph), Nicholas Tran (Soph), Sinarith Kong (Soph), Souu Heang Lee (Soph), Sela Sau (Soph), Walid Abourouaire (Frosh), Mekdad Elbehisi (Frosh), Brian Monroy (Frosh), Nick Mucci (Frosh), Duong Nguyen (Frosh), Mladen Pepic (Frosh), William Truong (Frosh), and Anderson Vanegas (Frosh).