Varsity tennis 2019 exceeded expectations. After a rough start early season losing to non-league arch-rival Menlo (Menlo School), the team came together late season peaking at exactly the right time to defeat Menlo 4-3 in a very close character-building match, securing the first Central Coast Section (CCS) Division team title in 13 years. Building on this win, Bellarmine tennis soared to a new level one week later with big wins over Shasta and Granite Bay punctuated by a decisive 6-1 win over Menlo in the finals – the school’s first ever CIF/USTA NorCal Tennis Championship.
The 2019 league play was also strong with Bellarmine compiling a 13-0 record on the way to the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) title. With two of the best athletes in Northern California (Luke Casper and John Kim), Luke, a sophomore and WCAL Player of the Year, defeated freshman John Kim in an all Bell singles final foreshadowing a similar match-up and result in the CCS singles final: 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-4, 6-4 respectively. Swarthmore-bound senior Josiah Myers-Lipton wore down First Team All-League St. Francis senior Jesse Ding over the course of three sets for 3rd place. In doubles, sophomore Geoffrey Golan and senior Matt Moore narrowly lost to eventual WCAL and CCS winners from St. Ignatius, Jack Carroll and Josh Belandres, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 on the way to 3rd place. 2nd place went to doubles team Anthony Teciorowski and Darian Quinonez-Gonzaga.
Bellarmine JV tennis logged another solid season, winning the WCAL title and developing the games of 18 hard-working student-athletes.
With five seniors departing, 2020 is sure to be an exciting and productive year promoting wholesome competition, facilitating engaged learning, building community and team through the wonderful structure that tennis at Bellarmine affords us.