Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Temple City High School
A match between the Temple City Rams and Polytechnic Panthers always seems to be a hotly contested affair. After losing to the Panthers in the games tiebreaker last year, the Rams once again fell short in a tight 8-10 loss on Wednesday.
“It is always a good match against Poly,” Rams Coach Nate Slaymaker said. “We had five sets lost by scores of 4-6 or 5-7. If we had turned any one of those around, we could have won in games.”
The Rams singles players were not able to gain a set against the Panthers’ number one or two players. Jimmy Xu and Ryan Lee both lost close 4-6 sets against Poly’s number two. The singles players were able to earn two points against the Poly singles three player with 6-1 and 6-2 wins by Xu and Richard Zheng respectively.
Ryan Wang and Justin Jia had a remarkable day, sweeping their three sets from the number three doubles position, but the other doubles teams could only add three more points, keeping the total at 8.
The loss drops the Rams to 3-2 on the season. The Rams will be looking to snap this two match skid versus the Arroyo Knights on Thursday in a home match before moving on to the First Serve Tournament on Saturday.