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Taizo Nakayama

This past Friday, the #9 LACES boys tennis team upset No.1 seed Van Nuys High in the quarterfinals of the Division I CIF City Sectional by a score of 19-10.5. Led by doubles pairing Sean Cho and Linus Allen-Auerbach, LACES jumped out to an early lead behind all of the doubles pairs, who collectively won 8-1.

Coach Philip Chung had given them a few inspirational words before the match on Friday.

“The message was that they’ve worked very hard and need to keep up their efforts,” he recalled. “No matter where they end up, I’m proud of them, But I’d also really like to win.” 

A strong effort from Senior Sean Cho, captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, helped swing the match for the Unicorns. 

“Sean made the sacrifice to play doubles when we needed him there on Friday,” continued Chung. “He’s normally a singles player and he respectfully accepted his role for doubles even though he’s not a fan of it. He is the best doubles player on the team however, as he and Senior Linus Allen-Auerbach, came back from a 5-1 deficit and defeated their opponents by a match score of 7-5.” 

Sophomore James Fonclaud, singles player for LACES, had positive things to say about his team’s performance on Friday. 

“I’m very proud of what we did,” he said. “I think we were all a little bit nervous to play Van Nuys at first, but we all played very well. We were the better team.” 

Sophomore Dominic Patel warms up his backhand. Photo by Taizo Nakayama.

Prior to their matchup with Van Nuys, LACES defeated #8 Cleveland 16-13.5 on April 22nd. Up next, the boys’ team will visit #5 North Hollywood on April 30 in the semifinals, who upset #4 El Camino Real on the 26th.

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Henry Stein
Henry Stein, Staff Writer
My name is Henry Stein and I'm a sophomore at LACES. I quite enjoy watching sports, hockey is my favorite in particular. I also like playing basketball for LACES and the most popular sport at school, table tennis.
Taizo Nakayama
Taizo Nakayama, Deputy Online Manager | Entertainment Editor
Taizo Nakayama is a senior with a passion for astrobiology, a field where people look for little green people in space. He enjoys critiquing sci-fi films in lengthy blog posts and writing flash fiction; the lack of required commitment to worldbuilding appeals to him.  
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