FOWLERVILLE, MI (August 24, 2019) – The 12 PCA tennis players who made the trip to Fowlerville and Howell got a sample of the difficulties that a varsity athlete must endure.
They had to battle their own nerves, the weather, the pressure to perform for each other and topflight opponents in the annual Fowlerville Pre-Season event that featured eight schools. In addition to PCA, other teams competing were the hosts, Fowlerville, St. John’s, Leslie / Lansing Christian, Walled Lake Northern, Fenton, Eaton Rapids and Chelsea.
The Eagles struggled at times but showed definite improvement as the day passed.
#3 singles player, Caleb Cameron battled the entire tournament and was the team’s bright spot.
Tim Perumalla, at #4 singles, battled through fatigue but eventually lost a close third match to his Eaton Rapids opponent.
Rachel Costello, seeing her first action of the season at #2 singles, battled throughout and lost a tough three-set match to her final opponent.
Gloria Ravuri and Chris Bilko lost two tough matches at #1 doubles. They defended like brick walls and used “just get the ball back” as their rallying cry. Their second-round match against Eaton Rapids was a demonstration of their grit. In the end, however, they fell in three sets, losing 11-9 in the third set tiebreaker.
Other Eagle competitors were:
#1 singles – Justin Parks
#2 doubles – Evan Fischer and Francesca Barker
#3 doubles – Vinnie Lewan and Stosh Zasdany
#4 doubles – Isaac Demko and Anna Brown
The Purple and Gold will play on Tuesday, August 27 at 4:30 against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. That match will be played at the PARC in downtown Plymouth.