Paris tennis closes season with winning record

Paris tennis wrapped up their season with a 6-3 win over Robinson this past Monday in Paris. “We started the night by honoring our seniors, who have had a huge impact on our program. As juniors, they were a big part of last year’s 12-3 season and I’m really proud of them leading us to our first back-to-back winning seasons in many years, helping us to finish 12-8 this year.”

Paris Head Coach Stefan Aydt went on to add, “I think we took a lot of teams by surprise when we were competing at the same level as we did last year and that’s thanks in large part to the hard work this year’s seniors have put in. During practices, they are the most focused and hard working group I’ve ever had and I’ve enjoyed watching that pay off for them.”

Paris got an early jump in singles, taking four of the six spots. Maxwell Holloway took a tough loss at first singles to Kaden Buchanan of Robinson whom he had just defeated for third place at the LIC tournament on Saturday, falling 6-1, 6-4. Caleb Lawson took our other singles loss on the day, to an opponent who did a good job of hitting angles at fifth singles, 6-3, 7-5.

Jacob Randolph took a big win at the number two spot, doing a good job of getting to the net to win 6-0, 6-2. Ethan Graham played a very quick player who did a great job chasing down shots, but was eventually able to win most of the points where he got to the net to take a 7-5, 6-3 win at third singles. Up fourth, Nathan Minnis struggled a little to put pace on the slice shots his opponent was hitting, but was able to figure it out by the second set to win 6-4, 6-2. Noah Holzer picked up a nice win by using his angles and power. After a close first set that he won in a tiebreaker 7-6(6), he ran away with the second set 6-1.

Coach Aydt summarized the doubles session. “To Robinson’s credit, they came out strong and had some great net play. All three matches went to third set tiebreaks, which have not gone well for us most of the season, but tonight we managed to win the majority of them. All four seniors were a part of at least one of our varsity wins tonight, so I’m glad they were able to end the regular season on a high note.”

With the win, Paris finishes the season at 12-8 (6-3 LIC). For the first time in around 15-20 years, the IHSA has assigned them to a northern sectional instead of a southern one, hosted this year by Champaign Central. The seeds/draws will be determined Wednesday night.

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