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On March 19, the boys varsity tennis team had their first home match of the season against the Francis Lewis Patriots. The Hawks battled through the elements, winning four matches to one.
The Hawks came into this match with a 1-0 record. The day started out with a singles match between Harris freshman Maxim Prohorov and Lewis sophomore Amir Azizi. In this battle of underclassmen, Max won the set 8-0. This was only Max’s second career PSAL match, both of which he won.
In the second of the singles’ matches, the Hawks’ freshman Mitchell Mu debuted his PSAL season against senior Gurjot Singh of the Patriots. Although Gurjot had more years in PSAL, Mitchell pulled through and won the set 8-6.
The Hawks were up two games to none, but still needed one more victory to clinch their second win of the season. In the third pairing of the day, the Hawks sent out sophomore Daniel Corona against Patriots’ freshman Jeremy Breland. Daniel won the set 8-5, clinching the victory for the Hawks.
Captain and junior Frankie Nicolazzi was impressed by all the singles players, saying, “Our singles are very strong this year; they have good experience despite them being underclassmen. They have great composure on the court.”
The first doubles team, comprised of senior captain Austin Thai and Frankie, took on the Patriots’ best doubles team. Frankie and Austin won 8-4, giving the Hawks a 4-0 lead.
Although the Hawks’ second doubles team, junior Romil Parikh and freshman Omar Daoud, lost to their opponents, it did not affect the game’s results.
Romil pinpointed something they needed to improve, saying, “We lost our doubles match because we were unable to hold serve and break during the match.”