Squad looks to maintain league streak


FRESHLY SERVED: David Arkow ’20 serves in his first singles match in a 15-3 victory against St. Francis High School on Feb. 27. Photo credit: Lucas Lee ’21.

Luke Casola

Boys’ tennis looks to win a third consecutive CIF-SS Division 1 title under a new head coach following a strong season, varsity doubles player Amaan Irfan ’21 said. The team beat Peninsula High School in the CIF championship and finished with a 22-1 and 10-0 league record last season.

“Going forward, [the goals] are difficult to accomplish,” Irfan said. “There are a lot of expectations, but we’re hoping to three-peat.

The squad is currently 6-1 overall after defeating Crespi High School 16-2 Thursday. The results of the match against Chaminade High School yesterday were unavailable as of press time.

“We are playing really well overall and keeping our focus in Mission League matches to keep the streak alive, as well as build up confidence for the bigger matches down the road,” doubles player Avi Carson ’22 said.

After an 18-year tenure at Harvard-Westlake, boys’ tennis head coach Chris Simpson resigned in early November. He led the Wolverines to four CIF championships, two CIF-Regional finals and 18 straight league titles during his 18 seasons. Since then, Bo Hardt has become the new program head.

“[Hardt] was practically our head coach last year,” varsity team member Patrick Otero ’21 said. “It’s nice [that] he’s gotten a promotion.”

The season started with a pre-season loss to University High School in the Wolverines’ home opener. Despite the loss, the team has been undefeated since then and is looking to continue their winning legacy, Irfan said.

“We are like 205-0 or something like that [in league] in the last however many seasons,” varsity team member Timothy Li ’20 said. “It’s getting hard to count.”

The Wolverines’ next matchup is against Mira Costa High School today.

“We plan to continue what we have been doing, which is training hard in practice and getting the job done in matches, whether it be at singles, doubles or cheering our teammates on,” Carson said.