Countback secures bronze for NPBHS

Thursday, Apr 01 2021

Countback secures bronze for NPBHS

Will Johnston

Determining third place for New Plymouth Boys’ High School’s tennis team was a matter of numbers.

A countback was needed after the bronze medal match against Westlake Boys’ High School in the national tournament at the Scarbro Tennis Centre in Auckland last week.

New Plymouth coach Nick Creery said the team was down in the singles 3-1 and needed to win both doubles matches to force a countback.

“Westlake stacked their bottom doubles as they only needed one win, but the boys dug deep and we picked up both of the doubles.”

He said the countback was dead even on matches, sets and games, which is a very rare result.

New Plymouth finally won an extra match and Creery said it showed the importance of fighting for every point and game.

The success continues for the New Plymouth team after it won the Super 8 competition for the first time in March.

Captained by Jordan Whittleston, the team featured Diego Quispe-Kim, Will Roberts, Tomi Avery and Joshua Pennington.

New Plymouth qualified based on the national rankings of each player in the team and was put in the top boy’s division.

New Plymouth started strongly beating third-seeded team Christ's College 5-1. It lost to second and top seeds Wellington College 4-2 and St Kentigern College 5-1.

“While the losses were tough, we were all aware that they were the top teams in the tournament and that we had held our own,” Creery said.

New Plymouth bounced back with a 5-1 win against King’s College.

Creery said New Plymouth’s number one player Quispe-Kim went through the singles undefeated and only dropped eight games across five singles matches.

“His match against James McPherson, the number one from St Kentigern College, was the match of the tournament in terms of quality of tennis with Deigo winning 6-2, 6-2.”

He said the doubles pair of Whittleston and Avery also deserved a mention for their win against a strong Westlake combination to force the draw and countback.