It was a tight matchup at Christopher Columbus High School between two of Dade County’s finest. Columbus was facing off in their last home match of the season, and with the year winding down the explorers’ senior Thomas McCoy was playing in one of his biggest matches of the year against last year’s state runner up.
“He was really tough” McCoy, who is Columbus’ number one said “He’s a great player, he’s a blue chip recruit who can probably go wherever he wants. I’m really excited about the way I played him, I’m looking forward to playing him again and hopefully changing the outcome.”
McCoy lost to his opponent, Jose Ortega, in a back and forth affair by a final score of 8-6. Despite the loss even Ortega knew that McCoy was one of the best Miami-Dade county has to offer.
“McCoy is a great player”, Ortega said while speaking about the senior’s talent, “I always have a good match with him and it’s always tough.”
Although McCoy lost others contributed to the tennis team’s overall score. Matthew Fernandez dominated his match 8-0 while Jose Ortega pulled out a close game 8-6. The third win of the afternoon came from the doubles team of Luis Socarras and Felipe Gomez who handled their opponent and contributed to the explorers tight affair. Despite these efforts however the explorers were still defeated at the hands of one of the better teams in Miami.
This loss wasn’t a complete negative for the team, however, moving forward they feel this matchup against a top tier opponent gave them valuable momentum moving to districts. As Matthew fernandez told me the explorers have played well against the opponents in their district, and after playing a team of this quality no opponent should surprise them.
Moving forward the explorers have certain dates marked on their calendar, the district tournaments begin on March 30th and if they can gain some momentum with victories Columbus will look to make a run in the regional matches which begin on April 7th. With this tough matchup under their belt the explorers are confident that they have more then enough experience as they head toward the post season. Because as head coach Keith Green stated “In reality all these matches didn’t count, what counts now is how we do in the district tournament, which gives us a chance to be district champs.”
Danny Villanueva, Jose Companioni, and Sebastion Planas helped in the production of this video.