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Albany High boys tennis sweeps CBA

March 29, 2012

by Emily Trapp

Albany High Boys Tennis faced CBA on Monday / Emily Trapp

After finishing toward the top of the league last year, the Albany High School boys varsity tennis team holds similar expectations for this season. This was quite evident at their match on Wednesday afternoon.

The Albany High School boys varsity tennis team took on Christian Boys Academy at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, looking to push their overall record for the season to 2-0. The Falcons battled past CBA with ease, winning all nine of the matches played.

Head coach Marianne Leung has been instructing tennis at Albany High for

Coach Leung instructs Kaku Safi during a match on Monday / Emily Trapp

more than 20 years and she has high hopes for her players, “Right now we look like a pretty good team. We usually finish first or second in the league every year and we are hoping to do that again this season.”

Finishing toward the top of the league every year isn’t easy. In fact, it includes a lot of hard work and dedication from the players. The team’s number one player, Kaku Safi, works on his tennis skills year round and in return has earned the team’s top spot.

Even though Safi won his match Wednesday, he still expects more out of his game. “I didn’t feel well about my performance today,”  he said. “My serve wasn’t on and I was nervous.”

Kaku Safi demonstrates his focus during his set point / Emily Trapp

Junior Tyler Stempsey, the team’s number two player, also works hard in the off-season. Stempsey is a member at the Albany Tennis & Fitness club, where he plays tennis with his friends to get in shape for the season. Stempsey said that the team potentially has a chance to win the Big 10 Conference this year if they can get past their rival, LaSalle Institute.

Stempsey swept in his match but like Safi, he felt there was room for

Junior Tyler Stempsey is focused during Monday’s match / Emily Trapp

improvement. “There was a couple of points I went for the kill shot and missed,” he said.  “But I felt the team did pretty well.”

Stempsey’s approach to his match is similar to the team’s motives for the rest of the season: “I try not to make any unforced errors. If I go down, I want to go down fighting. If I’m going to lose a point then I want to lose it with pride.”-30-


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