Tennis Wastes No Time Hitting Stride

Posted March 17, 2021 / Last updated March 22, 2021

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Senior James Bostick serves the ball against Ben Franklin on March 16, 2021.

In a year of transition for the tennis team, Jesuit has showed no signs of hesitation or rust. The Blue Jays have started the season in victorious fashion by winning every in-state competition and winning 34 matches in the McGill-Toolen tournament in Mobile, AL.

As a part of the transition, Jesuit is excited to welcome a new head coach.

Coach Bill Jepsen has been in New Orleans for three years. From 2005-2018, he managed parks & recreational tennis programs in California, Georgia, and Illinois. He also head coached private & public boys and girls high school varsity tennis for 12 seasons in San Francisco and Chicago suburbs.  He’s managed a private tennis club and was a tennis pro at two private clubs – all in California.

In addition to coaching Jesuit, he teaches private lessons on a private court near Uptown. He also remains an on-call coach for A’s & Aces.

Jesuit began by defeating Country Day, St. Augustine, and Rummel. Every in-state win is an impressive one and are made even more so by the fact that Jesuit did not drop match in any of the competitions.

In Jesuit’s most recent match against Ben Franklin on March 16, the Blue Jays showed complete mastery on the court. Senior Ethan Morgan held down line two singles, and sophomore Nicolas Kapusta swept line three singles. Sophomore Luke Miller finished off singles at line four with an 8-2 victory.

The Blue Jays were just as dominant on the doubles’ court with freshman Joshua Verges and senior James Bostick taking the line one victory to start off the afternoon. Sophomores John Mann and Kapusta earned a solid win at line two, and junior Daniel Poulin and senior Alexander Wink finished the doubles sweep at line three.

After defeating St. Augustine, Jesuit went on the road to Mobile and had two teams place 11th and 14th in the top draw of the tournament. Jesuit won 34 matches and lost by one match in three losses. The team was led by sophomore Kapusta, who went undefeated in his eight singles and doubles matches.

Jesuit will head on the road for their next matchup against St. Paul’s on the Northshore on March 18 at 3:20 p.m.