April 2, 2021

RIVERSIDE: As rivalries go, this one is a friendly on.  Always has been.  The Bears of Poly and the Wolves of King competed in their annual match, this time held on the courts of Martin Luther King High School.  King went home victorious, 14-4.

But it wasn’t really about the score or the victory, but more about reconnecting and playing some good tennis with friends.

“The guys got to see some friends playing on the opposite side of the net” said King coach Shaun Harris. “It was a good afternoon.”

Aditya Desai (Jr) of King noted, “We have always enjoyed friendly matches against our Riverside rivals. This time, we won the match 14-4, losing one of those due to an unfortunate retirement from a knee injury. Overall, both teams had fun, and we’ll cheer each other on in our respective leagues this year!”

He went on to note that “their coach actually came to King’s post-game meeting for a bit to wish us good luck personally, saying that we have a lot of potential and can go far this year – that was sweet.”

What was also sweet was the level of play between the squads.

“Quality competition” Harris said.  “We wanted to send the message that we were still the better team”

Through two rounds, the 11-1 score gave evidence to that.

The third round allowed Harris to sub in all of his bench and the Bears capitalized off that, taking the final three sets of the day.

“Overall this was a great experience for the teams” Harris said.