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Next Stop, States: Phoenix Boys Dominate Over Knights

On April 29, the Phoenix boys tennis team played against the John Champe Knights. The Phoenix came out victorious with wins in all their singles and doubles matches, resulting in a final score of 9-0.
Riya Cherukuri
Sophomore Akash Vangala positions himself to deliver a commanding serve toward his opponent during his intense and sweaty singles match. “I think I played well against some good competition,” Vangala said.

On Monday, April 29, the Phoenix boys tennis team went head-to-head against the visiting John Champe Knights. Through their unwavering focus and exceptional skills, the Phoenix secured wins across the board in both their singles and doubles rounds. Overall, the team won 9-0, making this the eighth straight sweep for the Phoenix this season.

Despite the extreme heat, the Phoenix boys didn’t give up a single match and proved themselves as tough competitors.  “It was really hot, but we got the job done pretty easily,” sophomore Akash Vangala said. 

This game was a testament to how dominant the Phoenix have been on the court this season. They have only lost to one school, making them nearly unstoppable. The Phoenix have their eyes set on one thing as the season nears the end: winning states. “Today’s game was just light work,” sophomore Sathvik Mathi said. “Our real goal is to make it to states and hopefully win.”

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The chances are looking good for the Phoenix as they continue to get stronger with each passing moment. “We’re feeling pretty confident,” said sophomore Harsha Antham. “I think we have a good shot of winning states this year.”

The Phoenix play the Heritage Pride for their last home game of the season on May 8th.

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Riya Cherukuri
Riya Cherukuri, Staff Writer
Riya Cherukuri is a sophomore and a first year staffer on The Blaze. In her free time, Cherukuri enjoys baking desserts. Cherukuri also spends her time playing softball for Rock Ridge. She was motivated to play because her brother played baseball, so being on the field felt just right. Cherukuri hopes to continue playing in college.
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Alexis Cortés, Design Editor
Alexis Cortés Negrón is a staff writer and the design editor for "The Blaze," and is involved with other extracurriculars such as the Art & Literary Magazine. This year he looks forward to improving his craft of writing and editing, specifically in graphic design. He joined the school newspaper in order to work more on expanding his “genre horizon,” and looks forward to exploring other topics and stories such as in news and entertainment. Some other hobbies include writing novels, short stories, and poems as well as playing the violin, water coloring, and cooking.

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