Falcons get off the Schneid, beat Juanita

  • Written by Derek Johnson

After starting the season 0-3, Woodinville got one in the W column last Wednesday September 13. Led by victories from Eric Yang and Tak Kubota, the Falcons  outscored  the  Rebels 5-2. The match was played at Lake Washington High School due to construction taking place at Juanita’s home court.

“I thought my serves were a little better than usual,” Kubota said after beating Anuj Ankit 6-2, 6-2. “My forehand felt good and my backhand was doing well also. Overall a nice day for the team.”
The win rendered Woodinville with a 1-2 record in KingCo 4A, and 1-3 overall.

A MATCH TO REMEMBER tennis1Woodinville sophomore William Heins (Photo by Derek Johnson)

Woodinville’s match against Inglemoor on September 12 created a memory for Eric Yang. The senior captain had a match against Inglemoor’s James Peng that lasted nearly two and half grueling hours. Yang prevailed 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1.

“That was super tough because I was playing against one of my good friends,” Yang said. “That’s always tough to do. I lost the first set 6-1. I felt completely lost. The second set he was up 5-3 and 40-15. And then he double faults twice. And after that, I felt like I had a chance. I won that tiebreaker. I took the third set 6-1. The match lasted such a long time, it was crazy.”

Yang’s teammates were not shy in their support. 

“One thing I really liked was how the whole team got behind me,” Yang said. “It really meant a lot to me, and I told them that after the match. But I knew how my buddy was feeling and I didn’t know how to react. It was surreal.”


tennis2Tak Kubota fires a serve against Juanita (Photo by Derek Johnson) You might say that Woodinville’s Tak Kubota is a young man of the world. Born in Japan, he and his family moved to America when he was six years old. His father, Aki, played tennis in college.

“My dad started to help me to play tennis,” Tak said. “When we moved to America he took me to the courts every day. I played for fun. Right now, even if it’s competition I have fun, because that’s what I do.”
Kubota was asked to describe the difference in styles between American and Japanese tennis. 

“Kei   Nishikori  is a Japanese player and he is ranked in the top seven or somewhere around there,” Kubota said. “He doesn’t have a power shot but he moves people around. He’s also fast and quick enough to get to most the balls. American tennis has a lot of power, and in Japan it’s more technique-ish. American tennis  also has technique but it has more [emphasis on] power than in Japan.”    

Results from September 13, 2017 at Lake Washington High School

Woodinville 5
Juanita 2
1st Singles: Eric Yang (W) defeated Keegan Decker 6-0, 6-2
2nd Singles: Jake Haas (J) defeated   Esh        Sathiyamoorthy 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
3rd Singles: Tak Kubota (W) defeated Anuj Ankit 6-2, 6-2
4th Singles: Sahir Karmali (J) defeated Nhar Shastri 4-6, 6-0, 7-5
1st Doubles: Carson Ward & Chris Yen (W) defeated Nate Kantor & Erik Odderson 6-2, 6-3
2nd Doubles: Cadence Kirby & Haden Borjeson (W) defeated Brayden Bracket & Tyler Yim 6-1, 6-4
3rd Doubles: Ethan Macias-Denham & Jamie Cast (W) defeated Eli Verme & Nathan Haong 6-1, 6-0

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