Boys’ V Tennis Falls at VES

Saturday, May 1, 2021
Arnav Pallapothu ’23

Host Virginia Episcopal School earned two of its four singles victories in tiebreakers to defeat Mercersburg, 6-3, in boys' varsity tennis action May 1 in Lynchburg, VA.

Arnav Pallapothu ’23 won his singles and doubles match (with Dylan Gantt ’21), and Goshi Kamiya ’23 also picked up a singles victory for the Blue Storm (1–2).

#1   Kohl Perkins (VES) d. Dylan Gantt ’21 (M): 3-6, 6-4, MT (10-3)
#2   Arnav Pallapothu ’23 (M) d. Zander Dirom (VES): 6-0, 6-4
#3   Hart Lesko (VES) d. Jamie Talley ’23 (M): 6-4, 6-0
#4   Goshi Kamiya ’23 (M) d. Patrick Dirom (VES): 6-0, 6-1
#5   Sawyer Tatom (VES) d. Logan Butts ’23 (M): 0-6, 6-3, MT (10-3)
#6   Brendan Yang (VES) d. Declan Butts ’22 (M): 6-4, 6-0

#1   Gantt/Pallapothu (M) d. Perkins/P. Dirom (VES): 8-1
#2   Lesko/Z. Dirom (VES) d. Talley/Kamiya (M): 8-4
#3   Yang/Tatom (VES) d. D. Butts/L. Butts (M): 9-7

Exhibition Singles
#7   Alex Sterne (VES) d. Zane Arky (M): 8-4
#8   Estebon Arcila (VES) d. Eric Liu (M): 8-5
#9   Hunter Buresh (VES) d. River Erkenbrecher (M): 9-8 (7-5)

Exhibition Doubles
#4   Alex Sterne/Jack Sorenson (VES) d. Eric Liu ’22/Zane Arky ’23 (M): 9-8 (7-4)

"The Virginia Episcopal players did a great job of coming from behind in doubles and singles matches to win," Mercersburg head coach Eric Hicks said. "They never panicked, they played excellent defense, and were patient. We, on the other hand, tended to allow leads to erode, the momentum to shift, and disaster to strike.

"The man of the match today was definitely Arnav Pallapothu. Arnav spent this week working on his serve and groundstrokes. The work he did paid off in both doubles and singles."

The Blue Storm hopes to have its full lineup intact for the first time all season when it takes the courts Saturday, May 15, against Kiski in Saltsburg, PA (1 p.m.)