Oak Ridge High School’s 2015-2016 tennis team was honored at its post-season banquet for players and their families on Wednesday, May 18, at the Comfort Inn in Oak Ridge.
“Both of Oak Ridge High School’s tennis teams had a stellar spring,” said ORHS tennis coach David Bowman.
The Wildcats finished second in District 3 with a regular-season record of 7-1. The Lady Wildcats finished third in the district with a 6-2 record for the regular season.
The doubles team of senior Jaipal Narula and junior Viet Quach led the way for the Wildcats in the post-season, capping off 2016 with a TSSAA berth in the Region 2 semifinals, where they played the eventual 2016 state champion doubles team. District coaches rewarded Narula and Quach’s performance, naming them members of the All-District First Team.
The boys’ doubles team of senior Arthur Nelson and junior Ethan Brady were named to the All-District Second team, as was freshman Jasleen Narula for girls’ singles.
The ORHS tennis booster club provided special awards that Coaches David and Joanne Bowman presented to players at the banquet. These six players displayed exemplary teamwork and a work ethic second to none at every practice and match during the 2016 season. Trystan Bordeau (senior) and Jimin Lee (junior) earned Most Valuable Player honors. Joshua Bridges (sophomore) and Stephanie Romanoski (freshman) were presented Most Improved Player awards. Mary Kemp (junior) and Stuart Dorman (freshman) received recognition for Outstanding Sportsmanship.
The TSSAA also recognized the academic achievements of both ORHS teams. Off the courts and in the classroom, the 26 members of both teams earned TSSAA academic accolades with a cumulative 3.9 GPA for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year.
“I am very proud of how both teams competed this spring,” Bowman said. “It was an honor all season watching the players get better on the court, and mature as young men and women off the court.”
This press release was submitted by Tara Nave, president of the ORHS Tennis Booster Club.
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