Spring 2017

Boys Tennis

The Cate Boys Tennis Team, thanks to the guidance of former coach Robert Bonning, is committed to teaching life lessons that will serve players long past their time at Cate. In no particular order, some of the most important values we try to install in our players are: sportsmanship, teamwork, and a commitment to success.
Sportsmanship: For Cate tennis, sportsmanship means respect for yourself, your opponents, and the game of tennis generally. We look to players like Federer and Nadal for examples. We know they are always trying their hardest and want to win every match, but when they do occasionally lose, they are humble and respectful and praise their opponent rather than blame themselves. In tennis, the saying is that good sportsmanship is shown when a match is finished and both players are walking off the court and you can’t tell who won or lost.
Teamwork: Many tennis players at Cate start high school competition without ever having competed in a team setting in tennis. The transition to a team is naturally difficult in a sport that is so focused on individual achievement. Moreover, in high school tennis, individual success rarely translates into team success. For Cate tennis, teamwork means players putting the team before themselves. During practice, that may mean experienced players embracing the opportunity to practice with new members of the team to help them improve faster so they can make a bigger contribution to the team. During a match, singles players may be asked to play doubles, or vice versa, if that means giving the team the best chance of success.
Commitment to Success: Success, for Cate athletes, ranges from learning the fundamentals of a new sport to preparing to compete in the collegiate level. For players on the Cate varsity tennis team, whether ones individual goal is to become an important contributor to the team or to prepare to compete at the college level, those goals are rarely achieved without a daily commitment to success. That commitment, for all tennis players, means hitting every ball in practice with the purpose of improving. The commitment, and focus, required to complete these tasks often translates into success on and off the court.

Cate Will Continue to Serve as Host for CIF Individual Tournament

Cate has agreed to continue to partner with the CIF-Southern Section to serve as host for the 2017 CIF-SS Individual Singles and Doubles tournament Northern Regional. In a longstanding tradition, Cate will co-host the event with Carpinteria High School in May 2017. The Regional tournament brings together competitors from over 50 high schools on the road to a CIF championship. 2016 saw both Kevin Ha ’17  in the singles draw and Nicholas Hildebrandt ’19/Christian Herman ’17 in the doubles draw advance to the thrid round of competition. More information will be posted once available during the spring season.

Jason Saltoun-Ebin
Head Boys Varsity Tennis Coach

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David Wood
Assistant Boys Varsity Tennis Coach

Max Bergeson
Head Boys JV Coach

2016 Records:

6-2 Tri-Valley League, 8-6 Overall
CIF Division 3 Qualifier

2016 TVL All-League Team:

Kevin Ha ’16- League Singles Champion

Nicholas Hilldebrandt ’18/Christian Herman ’17- League Doubles Champions

Michael Nettesheim ’16- First Team

Mason Mackall ’17- First Team

Joseph Thomassen ’18- First Team

Day Date Opponent Location Time Results
Sat 27-Feb Alumni Scrimmage Home 2:00
Tue 1-Mar Malibu Home 4:00 (W) 23–0
Thu 3-Mar West Ranch Away 4:00 (L) 7–6
Sat 19-Mar Valencia Away 4:00 (L) 11–12
Tue 22-Mar Laguna Blanca Away 4:00 (W) 17–3
Thu 24-Mar Brentwood Away 4:00 (L) 5–7
Thu 31-Mar Thacher Home 4:15 (L) 8–11 
Day Date Opponent Location Time Results
Sat 27-Feb Alumni Scrimmage Home 2:00
Tue 1-Mar Malibu Home 4:00 (W) 23–0
Thu 3-Mar West Ranch Away 4:00 (L) 7–6
Sat 19-Mar Valencia Away 4:00 (L) 11–12
Tue 22-Mar Laguna Blanca Away 4:00 (W) 17–3
Thu 24-Mar Brentwood Away 4:00 (L) 5–7
Thu 31-Mar Thacher Home 4:15 (L) 8–11