The varsity boys tennis team had an outstanding 2018 season. The team went into the season with a positive can-do mentality and willingness to work hard every practice. This attitude soon paid off with a 3-2 victory over SFS at their home courts. This was the first victory over SFS in more than a decade. A win over SIS also brought the decade-long drought to an end. The Guardians found themselves at 9-0, with one match to play in the season against SFS. The team battled hard but ended up losing 2-3. With SFS at 9-1 and YISS at 9-1, the conference champion would be decided by adding up who won the most games in each set, with SFS winning by a mere six games. Ryan H. (12) at 3rd singles, Stephen S. (12)/Joseph H. (12) at 1st doubles, and Daniel K. (10)/Minjae K. (9) at 2nd doubles all finished the regular season in 1st place. Ian C. (10) at 1st singles and David L. (10) at 2nd singles finished in 3rd place.
In the KAIAC final tournament, YISS played extremely well, reaching four of the five finals. Daniel K. and Minjae K. won the 2nd doubles title in a closely fought battle with KIS. The YISS boys finished the tournament in 2nd place, just two points behind SFS. Seniors Ryan H., Stephen S., Joseph H., and Matthew L. will be missed, but the boys are poised for another competitive season next year.
The varsity girls tennis team had a rebuilding season, with five of the seven players being underclassmen. The girls improved throughout the season in technique and mental toughness but finished both the season and the KAIAC tournament in 5th place. The standout of the team was captain Allison P. (12), playing 1st singles. Allison lost to only one player all season, finishing as the 2nd best girls tennis player in all of KAIAC.
For the DODDS Pacific Far East tournament, which took place in Okinawa, Japan from November 7-10, YISS sent its top four boys and top four girls to compete against other international and DODDS schools from around Asia. Because of the extremely hot conditions, the intense season-long training and conditioning paid dividends. Number one singles player Ian C. had an excellent tournament, going toe to toe with the best in the region, and finishing in 6th place. Number two singles player David L. had a slow start but found his rhythm by the end of the tournament, finishing a respectable 9th by overpowering the St. Mary’s number two player to win the finals of the consolation bracket. Ian and David also fought to a 6th place finish in boys doubles. Ryan H. and Erica C. (10) battled to a 3rd place finish in mixed doubles action, while Ryan and Stephen S. narrowly missed out on a top ten finish in boys doubles.
Allison P. (12) continued her successful senior season by finishing in 3rd in girls’ singles at Far East. During her semi-final match, several coaches commented that it should have been the final, but Allison was unfortunate to be seeded on the same side of the draw as Japan’s #1 high school girls tennis player. Allison and her doubles partner Ashley K. (10) paired well, placing 6th. Irene G. (11) played mixed doubles with Stephen and doubles with Erica, with both teams adding valuable points to the YISS total. When the dust settled and the points were totaled, the boys' team finished second in Division 1, while YISS came out with the most points for a Division 1 school and won the overall team title for the first time in YISStory. Congratulations to all!