by Jared O’Brien
A consistent serve that pounds the corners has helped senior Matt Draluck lead the boys’ tennis team to an undefeated SCL title. Draluck, number two singles player, went 12-0 in the regular season to help propel the team to the top.
Draluck’s season did not end undefeated: he lost 7-6, 6-4 in the SCL singles quarterfinals to Windsor’s number one single. Draluck held a 5-1 lead in the first set until the Jaguar player rallied.
“We thought we were going to win SCL heading into the season,” said Draluck. “But we did not expect to go undefeated. We hadn’t beat Petaluma in six years and then we went a combined 14-0 in two matches this past season.”
With his serve and forehand under control, Draluck received attention from Division II schools about playing tennis, but decided to play tennis at SRJC because SRJC will prepare him more for his major.
Draluck is optimistic about his tennis future. “I already talked to the coach and will play with them over the summer. I should be number one or two doubles next year. Then after graduating, I want to transfer to a four-year school.”