Eagles Tennis rolls past Braves

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles boys tennis team is off to a hot start this season and cruised to a 13-5 victory over Lompoc on Monday. The match was played Monday due to the original matchup being rained out last week. Templeton is now 5-1 on the season with their lone loss coming to Santa Ynez, which is currently ranked as the No. 3 team in Division 4 of the CIF Southern Section.

While Santa Ynez was able to beat the Eagles 12-6, they still had no shot at taking down the Los Padres league’s best singles player, Colby Grey. Grey is in his junior campaign at Templeton High School and is yet to lose a regular season match. While the Pirates could not beat Grey, they did hand him his first two lost games of the season.

In most matches, Grey cruises to three straight 6-0 victories and Monday was no different. Perhaps the only thing more impressive than Grey’s game is his sportsmanship. Never losing a game could build an enormous ego, but Grey, even in a game where he never loses a single point, consistently has his opponents in high spirits as they watch, mouth agape, at the power and movement coming off of his racquet.

This season Grey has switched his mindset.

“It has all been team aspect, it is about trying to go further,” he said. “We still have goals, we still want to go farther in CIF and I still have goals for myself individually with CIF Individual because I go down to Carpenteria and see the next level up there. It is all about trying to get the team together and improving everyone's game.”

Rather than trying to beat every opponent without allowing a point, Grey tries to work on certain parts of his game when he knows he has an advantage over his opponent.

“I can still work on some things, like, I try to work on parts of my game that I don’t bring out in tournament play, like my net game,” Grey said. “I try to get into the net a little more with a game like that when the rallies aren't as long.”

It seems as if being able to watch Grey play day in and day out has helped his teammates. Against the Braves on Tuesday, all three of Templeton’s singles players won each of their three matches. No. 2 starter Ben Glossner went 3-0 winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and no. 3 starter Grant Zemela won each of his matches 6-1,6-0,6-1. Grey unsurprisingly won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.

The doubles team of Dillon Amadio and Porter Barr won two of their three matches and were the only team to beat the No. 1 team from Lompoc. They needed an extra set to do so, but pulled out the win 7-5. Each of the other two doubles teams won one of their two matches to give the Eagles 13 points and the victory.  

The Eagles will play their next home match on Tuesday as they welcome Nipomo.


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