SEASAC Tennis: Dragons girls and boys tournament round up
By Tanya Lazarus and Kento Mizukami, Grade 12, East Campus
19U Division 1 Girls Tennis
This year the UWCSEA East 19U Girls A team came to Super SEASAC 2016 with the best team we have had so far. We have trained for hours both individually and as a team to prep for the tournament. Despite our disappointing result, as a team we could not be more proud of ourselves. In fact despite walking onto the courts on the final day with many injuries and one of our team members sitting out due to dehydration the day before, we fought our hearts out. We ran for every ball and took every opportunity to dominate the point. Even off court we stood together cheering and clapping the loudest we could to support our team members. As we leave Bangkok, we return with memories that for our leavers and seniors will be precious forever and for the team that will stay on, will push them to fight for a medal next year. To us the result does not matter (4th place), we have become closer than when we left and we know that no trophy or medal could trump the admiration, trust and love we feel for our team members.
19U Division 2 Boys Tennis
As the season comes to an end, I feel that the team have done a decent job at both our SEASAC and ACSIS tournaments. Despite facing tougher teams in the ACSIS tournament, we managed to come away with two wins against the Singapore American School. Against the more experienced Dover teams, we did not fare as well but every defeat can be taken as a learning lesson. Overall, we have bonded very well with each other despite varying ages and having new faces in the team. As a young team, I certainly believe that we have the potential to achieve greater heights in the upcoming years.
Despite the disappointing loss in the finals against the British International School of Jakarta, I feel that we have achieved a respectable second place at this year's tennis SEASAC. This is an improvement from our third place finish at the last two SEASACs. In terms of technique, we were clearly the strongest team in the tournament. Our defeat came down to our inexperience in handling high-pressure situations. We cracked under pressure and lost crucial matches that we could have otherwise easily won. However, as the team grows and matures mentally, I am very optimistic for us to be lifting the trophy in the upcoming years.