The Jim San Marco Invitational wrapped up Tuesday afternoon, as the Trinity School defeated Harrison 4-0 in the championship match at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center at Columbia University in New York City. The Jim San Marco Invitational brought together the top teams from New York State and presented some of the most competitive tennis of the spring season.
Trinity moved past Syosset 4-1 and Half Hollow Hills West in a tie-breaker to reach the semifinals. In the semis, the Tigers edged Brooklyn Tech 4-2 to advance to the final against Harrison, after Harrison knocked off Byram Hills 4-2 in the other semifinal match.
The Tigers proved to be too much for Harrison in the championship, winning 4-0. Despite a slow start to some of the doubles matches, Trinity used its experience to hang tough and work itself back into the contest.
“I felt that we got off to a slow start on all three doubles courts, largely because Harrison came out firing,” said Trinity head coach Damon Lopez-O’Dwyer. “We are an experienced group, though, and our guys were able to weather that storm and not let the matches get away from them before it was too late.”
Trinity was led by junior Ananth Raghavan, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“It’s exciting to be able to compete against teams from around the region, not just the city,” said Lopez-O’Dwyer. “This year, due to weather delays, the tournament was a long and winding road. It was literally with us all season, which gave it a feel like playing in a second league rather than a tournament. It actually reminded me of the Davis Cup, where months go by between ties over the course of the year. We are happy to have emerged and represented New York City well.”
Up next for the Tigers will be the Mayor’s Cup, where it has lost to Beacon in the finals the last two seasons.
“Winning always breeds confidence,” said Lopez-O’Dwyer. “Our regular season ended two weeks ago, so it was important for us to get a quality match in—regardless of the outcome—to get ourselves refocused and back into our routine as we prepare for Mayor’s Cup this weekend.”