by Josh Morgan
Boys tennis season is approaching for Las Lomas, and some of the players believe that this could be a historic year for Las Lomas.
“I think we’re feeling great,” said Senior Andre Grenville. “We could be the best team in the district. We’ve got a new player this year, Sumir Srivastava, and he’s incredible. He’s been an incredible addition to the team. We’re really putting in the work before the season has even started and I think we’ll have a successful year.”
“My personal goal is to be undefeated,” Grenville added. “That’s a high goal but I hope to play my game and just have fun out there.”
Srivastava is very excited to begin his Las Lomas playing career, and gives a lot of credit to his teammates who have really helped him with the transition. Srivastava comes here from India, where he was a highly decorated tennis player who has competed in multiple Junior Boys International Tennis Tour matches.
“I came here from India a month ago, and I came to Las Lomas for my tennis and for my education as well,” said Srivastava. “I found the best fit for me here in America at Las Lomas. I’m very happy and fortunate to have such a supportive team. We all have been practicing together a lot. We hope we do well in the season.”
The Las Lomas team could fight for a spot in NCS, which the players explained could be a historic achievement for the program.
“For tennis, it’s a little different,” explained Grenville. “You have to win the whole district to make NCS, but I think this year we could really do it. I think we have the talent on our side unlike we’ve ever seen in our school’s history.”
“The best team in the league goes to NCS, but in past years we’ve placed in the bottom two of our league,” said fellow Senior Siddharth Sandhu. There teams have just completely dominated us, but this year those teams are kinda going into rebuilding years as their seniors have graduated, so this is our year to win.”
“I don’t think our school team has been to NCS,” added Grenville. “I know a couple of players have from winning the district matches, but I haven’t heard of any of our teams making NCS, at least in a long time.”
“We’re hoping this is gonna be the best team that’s ever been to Las Lomas,” said Sandhu. “We have a potential D1 athlete and two other kids that could play D1, so hopefully we can make NCS and possibly even state. Our sights are pretty high.”
As far as who could challenge the Knights this season, Sandhu named off the following teams: “Miramonte has a sophomore who is very talented, and potentially Campolindo because they’re always good with their doubles. We might face some challenges with our depth but we’re pretty stacked with our top-6 line so hopefully that can make up for it.”
With an added boost in Srivastava and returning talent with Grenville, Sandhu, and junior Trevor Fong, the Knights could truly be in for a special year.