Jake Spruance ’19 and Barron Jones ’20

The 2017 spring season for JV tennis is a big one. For the first time ever, junior varsity tennis has its own varsity-style matches, rather than just playing exhibition after the varsity. Now that  JV tennis has its own spotlight, it’s time to take the stage. Led by team captain Andrew Stack, the team has beaten incredible odds to make its way to the Junior Varsity Tennis Championships in Singapore. To discover just how these players are so excellent at tennis, we took the liberty of interviewing a few people about the program.

[Note from The Rubble: What follows may be somewhat, mostly, or entirely fabricated.  Read with caution and a bit of skepticism]

The transcript of “Colonel” Sanders Saridakis’ interview: 

Barron: Why do you love JV tennis so much?

Sander: Who said I love it?

Barron: What are your thoughts on JV tennis then?

Sander: I love it.

Barron: Tell us some things about the tennis team

Sander: I really like how hard we practice, and how often. It really improved my tennis game. You know, uh, 2, 3 practices a week really does a lot.

Barron: Yeah. I agree. So where do you think your JV tennis career is going to take you?

Sander: Well, I think it will take me to JV tennis championships in Singapore.

Barron: So what is your favorite color?

Sander: I really like blue.

Barron: What has coach Watson taught you other than tennis?

Sander: That it is ok to cry after matches. That’s what I learned.

Barron: If you could do any other sport other than JV tennis, would you?

Sander: What a dumb question. Of course not.

As you can see, the team works very hard. They practice a ton, and they take games very, very seriously. Personally, I think their intrinsic motivation and discipline are what have taken them to Junior Varsity Tennis Championships in Singapore. To get an air of the prestige of JV Tennis here at the big TH, we also decided to interview 3rd teamer Anand Raju about the program.

Jake: What do you think about JV tennis?

Anand: I admire them.

Jake: Do you wish you could be on JV?

Anand: I wish I could, but I feel I am currently progressing as a 3rd teamer.

Jake: What do you think about JV tennis traveling to Singapore for the international competition?

Anand: That’s sick.

Jake: Do you like cats or dogs

Anand: I like leprechauns

Anand was not incredibly helpful as an interviewee, but he definitely has demonstrated that JV tennis is a very admirable program. Lastly, we interviewed the famed JV captain Andrew Stack. We wanted to get a taste for what it means to be a leader of such a prestigious program, and we were not disappointed.

Jake: What is it like being captain of JV tennis?

Andrew: It’s not that hard. There’s not much to do.

Jake: What do you mean there’s not much to do? There must be many preparations needed for the Singapore trip.

Andrew: Well, I’ve gotta choose how many laps we run

Jake: How many laps do you run?

Andrew: Two.

Jake: What’s your favorite part about tennis?

Andrew: Playing Jake Spruance in singles

Jake: Oh, thank you. I really appreciate that. What’s your favorite seasoning?

Andrew: Salt

Jake: That is not a seasoning

Andrew: Yeah it is! You season your fries with salt.

Jake: Thank you for this interview. We are very glad to feature you in the Rubble.

This part of the article is sad because it is drawing to a close. There is only one week left of JV tennis before the school season ends, and then an intense four more years of training before the Singapore trip. This team is really great, and we’re not kidding. Sure, Tower Hill’s varsity tennis teams will probably come first in the state in just about everything this year, but this program breeds those varsity athletes. JV tennis’s last match of the season is this Friday, May 12. I know it’s the time of the flower market and that no one will come to the 3:45 match at Sanford, but I just wanted to let you know that it’s their last match. However, there could be another one against St. Andrews in the near future. Check hillersports.com and come to the match to get a taste of how true tennis champions are made.