Earlier this year, the Heritage girls tennis team triumphed against competing Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) schools in league play and secured the league championship.
This was expected from the Patriots, who have consistently dominated the BVAL tennis competition.
Such a winning streak from the girls puts the pressure on the boys tennis team this spring.
This season, however, may not be so simple.
The team has lost top players, such as MVP Seyia Duran, who graduated in the class of 2020.
But this has not discouraged the remaining team members.
“I still believe we are strong contenders to repeat as league champions,” asserted senior varsity captain Reece Buyan.
Focused on keeping their title, the boys team trains strenuously.
“We are working to improve our game, and increase our [team] chemistry while doing so,” Buyan said.
The team practices every weekday after school to hone their skills.
The Patriots place high value on their underclassmen.
“The team hasn't been in this situation for a long time, and so we are focused on rebuilding,” Buyan said. “We are working on developing the techniques of the underclassmen to prepare for the next seasons that lie ahead of them. The most important thing is to win the league title, of course… [but] above everything else, we want to make this season a memorable run for the seniors, as well as a fun one.”
Heritage has started the season strong with wins against Pittsburg and Deer Valley high schools.