For the first time the boys Pacific League Individual Championship tournament has been hosted at home on May 7. The league tournament consists of all the schools in the league. The tennis boys will be facing opponents from Tri City Christian, Army Navy, Classical, and Pacific Ridge. During the tournament players play either singles or doubles. The tournament is played as the most common tournament format, single elimination brackets, once a player loses he is out. The tournament is over once the positions of first, second, third, fourth and fifth are taken.
“Jewish Academy won’t be playing this year and I volunteered our courts since we have seven and got them fixed not too long ago,” Kevin Brown said.
In this tournament only the five that place in either singles or doubles can advance to the 2019 California Interscholastic Federation USTA SoCal Championships on May 17 at Balboa. At the CIF tournament participants will play against the winners of the other league tournaments. Last year, and the year before, the tournament was held at Jewish Academy. Orange Glen actually has seven courts, one more than the Jewish Academy. After the renovations that were made to the tennis courts, the courts look as good as those of Jewish Academy.
“Having the tournament here is better for us because our friends and family can come see us without having to drive all the way to San Diego. Plus, if we win, we’ll be able to play at a more competitive level at the CIF tournament,” Gabriel Deleon, 12, said.
From Escondido to Jewish Academy the drive is about 35 minutes. Having the tournament here gives students the chance to come out and support the tennis boys. Having the tournament at Jewish Academy would limit the amount of supporters showing up.
“It’s pretty cool that we get to play the tournament at home this year because we won’t have to drive all the way to the Jewish academy. I can’t wait for the tournament so I could get another chance to play at CIF,” Israel Ortiz, 12, said.