The No. 1 seed match featured seniors Matthew Hayes for varsity 1 and Joe Miner for varsity 2. Hayes managed to dominate his match against Miner and had total control over the court. Miner put up a strong fight throughout the match, but in the end, Miner fell to Hayes’s strong play.
The No. 2 seed match was not played this Wednesday because varsity 1’s Ryan Lieser was in surgery. He would have played against varsity 2’s Collin Gund. The two SLUH teams are currently trying to find a later date for the two seniors to play.
Junior Andrew Porterfield won his No. 3 seed match for varsity 1 by dominating the court against senior Eli Saadi with his effective “Z serves” and wide angle shots.
“My passes were good today, and my pinches weren’t, so I stuck to down the line and wide angle passes,” said Porterfield.
Junior Nick Schulze defeated senior Jacob Nelson by a score of 15-3 in the first game and 15-1 in the second game. Schulze used good serves to overpower Nelson and propel him to a win.
“I had good serves, but I need to work more on my shot placement because I left too many shots in the middle of the court,” said Schulze.
Senior Ryan Juergens for varsity 1 defeated senior Cole Banker 15-2, 15-8. With excellent placement on the court, Juergens dominated the court.
“I just need to work on some things like my backhand follow through,” said Juergens.
Junior Tommy Phillips stepped up with incredible play for the V1 team to overpower senior Jakub Gorzko from the V2 team. With strong serves throughout the entire match, Phillips racked up a few points and established an effective serve rotation along with his power and energy. Phillips managed to dominate in his match by only letting up a total of five points in his 15-3, 15-2 win.
“My passing and my angles on my shots were also solid. Overall, all of my shots were really working well and I was able to feel in control nearly the entire time,” said Phillips.
The doubles team however, which would have had senior Liam John and senior Zach Pavlisin from the V1 team against V2’s seniors Dan Mahn and Nick Rakonick, was delayed because Pavlisin is in Guatemala for his senior project. The match is hoped to be rescheduled.
After a long-awaited match for the SLUH racquetball team, both varsity teams had an opportunity to put all their work from practices into action. The varsity 1 managed to plow through varsity 2, only allowing around an average of 6 points per match.
Varsity 1 is off from regular season matches next week before facing off against Lindbergh at Vetta Concord on Tuesday, Jan. 22.