Piedmont boys tennis sweeps Lick-Wilmerding

Piedmont's Ethan Pham keeps his eye on the ball during a match against Lick-Wilmerding's Quin Reimer. Pham won, 6-0, 6-1.

Piedmont High School’s boys tennis team defeated visiting Lick-Wilmerding-San Francisco on March 22 by a 7-0 score. The win improved the Highlanders to 5-4 on the season.

Lucas Smolko defeated Saahil Mishra at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-3. Ben Breber returned from an illness to down Este Liu at No. 2, 6-4, 7-5. At No. 3, it was Piedmont’s Ethan Pham beating Quin Riemer, 6-0, 6-1. Brady Colbert beat Nathan Rivera at No. 4, 6-4, 6-2.

Piedmont’s Lucas Smolko reacts after missing a shot. Smolko beat Lick-Wilmerding’s Saahil Mishra in the No. 1 singles match on March 22.

In doubles, Nate Welch and Monte Imburg beat Joel Collier and Andrew Eidelhoch at No. 1, 6-3, 5-7, 10-7. No. 2 Arun Brahma and Nick King defeated Andrew Chou-Belden and Isaac Anwar, 6-4, 5-7, 10-3. Willie Tenney and Graham Alban beat Sam Birtwistle and Noah Pak at No. 3, 6-4, 6-4.

On March 20, Piedmont defeated host San Leandro, 4-3. Nick King won the No. 4 singles match over Dylan Stauffer, 6-2, 6-3, but the Pirates took the top three matches. At No. 1, Elijah Cho beat Smolko, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (8). Simon Cho downed Pham at No. 2, 6-4, 6-4. Ket Bunset defeated Brahma at No. 3, 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.

Piedmont’s Nate Welch (left) and Monte Imburg confer during their match against Lick-Wilmerding’s Joel Collier and Andrew Eidelhoch. Welch and Imburg won, 6-3, 5-7, 10-7.

Fortunately for the Highlanders, they swept the doubles. At No. 1, Imburg and Welch defeated Joshua Savage and Korey Dang, 6-1, 6-2. Tenney and Alban beat David Zhu Yang and Sander Modena in the No. 2 match, 6-0, 6-0. Xiaowei Elias and Alex Zalewski beat Jack Lei and Jarrett Feinstein at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0.

On March 17, Piedmont fell at Miramonte, 6-3. Smolko got the lone singles win for the Highlanders, defeating Will Stokes at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-0. Cameron Berg beat Pham at No. 2, 6-3, 7-5. Gavin Dille defeated King at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 4, Jonah Elias downed Colbert, 6-0, 6-3. Gunther Uriarte took the No. 5 match over Zalewski, 6-3, 6-2. Evan Mishkin beat Derek Chan at No. 6, 6-2, 6-0.

Piedmont’s Arun Brahma returns a serve during a doubles match against Lick-Wilmerding on March 22, with coach Corey Reich looking on. Brahma and partner Nick King beat Andrew Chou-Belden and Isaac Anwar, 6-4, 5-7, 10-3.

Imburg and Welch won the No. 1 doubles match over Ryan Meyers and Dylan Browning, 6-1, 6-2. Tenney and Alban teamed up at No. 2 to defeat Ryan Gardner and Griffin Ting, 3-6, 6-0, 11-9. Miramonte’s Hudson Straub and Shane Watters beat Xiaowei Elias and Chris Li at No. 3, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

On March 16, Piedmont beat visiting Mt. Eden, 6-1. The lone Monarch victory came at No. 3 singles, where Zach Berg had to retire due to an injury, which Highlander coach Jim Landes said would be season-ending. Piedmont won two matches by default and only allowed Mt. Eden to win two games in the remainder of the matches.

Piedmont’s Willie Tenney eyes the ball as he prepares to hit a backhand. Tenney and partner Graham Alban recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lick-Wilmerding’s Sam Birtwistle and Noah Pak on March 22.

On March 15, the Highlanders fell to visiting University-San Francisco, 7-0. Daniel Ravel beat Smolko at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 4-6, 10-4. R.J. Kuo defeated Pham at No. 2, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3, Caden Cook downed Imburg, 6-2, 6-4. Rohan Kumar beat Welch at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4.

At No. 1 doubles, Cole Boake and Henry Burton defeated King and Brahma, 6-0, 4-6, 10-7. Johan Prejavav and Eli Lum beat Tenney and Colbert at No. 2, 6-2, 6-3. Jonas Roseman and Lathrop Chung downed Alban and Li at No. 3, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.

The next match is scheduled for March 28 at home against Berkeley.

Photos by Damin Esper

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