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Boys varsity tennis reflects on challenging season

The team went undefeated last season. This year, they lost in MCAL finals and placed second in NCS
Tommy Higgins ’25 dives for a ball. The boys varsity tennis team had an impressive season, but fell short of the high bar they set last year.

Although boys varsity tennis lost the MCAL final and got second in NCS, they are proud of their efforts this year and have high hopes for their next season. 

At the end of the season, Cooper Little ‘26 reflected on the team’s MCAL loss.

Charles Hoeveler ’25 winds up for a forehand. (Alyssa Huang)

“I was really upset, I was pretty confident we were gonna win, we had been practicing a lot and I think we deserved it,” Little said.

The team believes their season has been a memorable one. 

“This season has been a big improvement. I have been getting more involved with the tennis team and I can see my skills steadily improving,” said Derin Demirkol ‘26. 

Meanwhile, Chase Hoeveler ‘25 compared this season with their last year’s undefeated season. 

“Last year we had a lot of success in the regular season and in MCALs and NCS we went undefeated, which was amazing. I don’t know if Branson has ever done that before,” he said. “This year we had a really good team, but we played some tougher teams in MCAL, especially Redwood … But, I’m still happy with the success we had this season.”

Doubles partners James Stovell ’25 and Griffin Cooper ’27 talk between points. (Alyssa Huang)

When speaking about the loss of their seniors, Ryder Lariviere, Henry Lien, Kasra Panahi and Oliver Broek, Hoeveler emphasized his high expectations for next year. 

“We only have four leaving, which is good, and we only have one who actually started in the top 10 this year,” he said, “so I would say we are still going to have a really good team next year and, hopefully, we can bring in some good freshmen to compete with the other teams in MCALs and NCS.”

As for next year’s leadership, Little is keen on leading the team with the influence of current team captain Lariviere’s “kindness, inclusivity and ability to communicate.”

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