This past Friday, Madison High boys’ tennis player Alec Ostapovicz, shown here during an earlier season match this spring, won his No. 3 singles outing over a Fairfax High opponent and was also part of a victory at No. 2 doubles play, where he teamed with John Nothaft.
Vienna On Wednesday April 11, at Madison High School, the undefeated McLean High boys’ tennis team defeated Madison 8-1. Madison was competitive in all three doubles matches and three of the singles matches against a deep and impressive Highlander team.
“I believe McLean has an excellent chance to win the Northern Region Championship this year,” said Madison head coach Glenn Adams.
McLean won all six singles matches - Nik Padmanabhan over John Adam at No. 1; Kayvon Mobarakeh over John Nothaft at No. 2; Kyle Chisu Edwards over Alec Ostapovicz at No. 3; Ahmed Skaljic over Matt Bosco at No. 4; Mike Padmanabhan over Albert Chang at No. 5; and Bing Waid over Alex Russell at No. 6.
In doubles, McLean’s No. 1 team of Nik Padmanabhan and Kyle Chisu Edwards defeated Madison’s John Adam and Gunnar Baskin, 10-6; and McLean’s No. 2 team of Ahmed Skaljic and Big Waid defeated Madison’s John Nothaft and Alec Ostapovicz, 10-8.
Madison’s No. 3 doubles team of Aaron Plymack and Alex Dondershine defeated the McLean duo of Mark Martinkov and Joon Lee, 10-5.
McLean improved to 6-0 while Madison fell to 3-3.
Two days later, Madison defeated Fairfax High, 9-0, on Friday, April 13 at Madison. The Warhawks were missing their No. 4 and 5 singles players, while Fairfax was missing its No. 1 and 4 singles players. Whereas Madison simply moved singles players up in its lineup in the No. 4 though No. 6 singles slots, Fairfax had substitutes play in its No. 1 singles and doubles positions.
Madison won all six singles matches. Those individual singles winners for the Warhawks were: No. 1 senior John Adam, who defeated Sai Chindapalli; No. 2 senior John Nothaft, who won over Jisoo Kim; No. 3 Alec Ostapovicz, who defeated Tyler Zane; No. 4 Alex Russell, who won over Mike Rayder; No. 5 Aaron Plymack, a victor over Shiv Shah; and No. 6 Ben Haines, who was a tie-breaker winner over Andrew Arnold.
Madison’s doubles winners were: John Adam and Gunnar Baskin at No. 1; John Nothaft and Alec Ostapovicz at No. 2; and Aaron Plymack and Alex Dondershine at No. 3.
Madison, with the team win, improved to 4-3 on the season.