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GECKOS, ISLANDERS EARN WINS

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By Nate San Nicolas

Islanders' Chris Cajigan makes contact with the ball in his singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Islanders’ Chris Cajigan makes contact with the ball in his singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

The sun wasn’t the only thing burning Thursday afternoon. JFK Islanders Chris Cajigan and Brian Tuncap Jr. tore their opponents apart, the GW Geckos, serving up the heat recording some aces and winning rallies with their scorching forehand returns.

In Cajigan’s match, he challenged the Geckos’ Brendan Muna in the scorching heat. Cajigan showed his talent and skill winning points with his serves that were too much for Muna to handle. Even more impressive was Cajigan’s return game, bringing the heat in his forehands off of Muna’s serves. At the end of the match, the Islanders went off in the moment of Cajigan’s 8-1 win.

To keep the momentum going, freshman standout tennis player Tuncap, Jr. showed that age is just a number as he breezed his way past GW player Dion Aguon. Tuncap showed his skill through his footwork on the court, gracefully returning anything Aguon gave him And just like teammate Cajigan, he was bringing the heat through his serves as well.

“I have been playing tennis for about two and a half years, on and off, switching on occasion from baseball to tennis,” said Tuncap when asked about his life as a tennis player. “I feel I need to learn to be more focused in the games, tuning out the distractions around me paying attention to the game.”

“Teams to really focus on this year are St. John’s and FD. They’ve shown the most competition for us this year, but I still believe we’re able to make it past them for the wins,” replied Tuncap when asked what his expectations are this season.

Geckos' Althea Tapales smiles as she makes a soft return in her singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Geckos’ Althea Tapales smiles as she makes a soft return in her singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

With that determined attitude from Tuncap, you can be sure that the Islanders are ready for any challenges that come their way.

Official Scores
Boys
Singles 1: Christopher Cajigan JFK def. Brendan Valenzuela GW 8-1
Singles 2: Brian Tuncap JFK def. Deion Aguon GW 8-0
Doubles 1: Victor Tuncap/Josh Gallego JFK def. Vince Cortez/Jonathan Cruz GW 8-0
Doubles 2: Jordan Elizaga/Amiel JFK def. Daniel Ramos/ Klein Cruz GW Alba 8-7

Winner: JFK 32-8

The Lady Geckos faced a different fate the same afternoon, prevailing over the Lady Islanders in their hard fought win.

Girls
Singles 1: Althea Tapales GW def. Dianne Sardon JFK 8-5
Singles 2: Jennifer Dupriest GW def. Grace Yoon JFK 8-7
Doubles 1: Angel Ebeo/Maile Dolores GW def. Jennifer Suh/Donna Vida JFK 8-1
Doubles 2: Rita Barcinas/Williejo Dado GW def. Rocel Molina/Ashley Chu JFK 8-0

Winner: GW 32-13

 

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Islanders' Brian Tuncap, Jr. makes a hard return during his singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Islanders’ Brian Tuncap, Jr. makes a hard return during his singles match. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Islanders' Diane Sardon stretches far to make a return. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Islanders’ Diane Sardon stretches far to make a return. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Geckos' Dion Aguon concentrates on the ball as he makes his serve. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Geckos’ Dion Aguon concentrates on the ball as he makes his serve. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Islanders' Chris Cajigan. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

Islanders’ Chris Cajigan. (photo by Errol Alegre, Jr.)

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