Ramanata, Pride tennis pursue title repeats in higher classification

Pine Lake senior Tyler Ramanata has gone undefeated the last two seasons between singles and doubles. /Doug Coats

MOORESVILLE – It’s been a long time since Tyler Ramanata lost a tennis match. The Pine Lake Prep senior won the 1A singles state title a year ago and is a combined 12-0 this season. As the Pride enters the postseason with just one loss as a team, he will look to continue his streak with hopes to also help his team gain another state championship – all in a new classification. Individual regionals begin Friday, April 29.

 

Q: Coming off the shared state championship, how have you approached this season?

A: There is a lot of weight on my shoulders and standards I have to live up to. Since it is my last year of high school tennis I want to leave it all out on the court and regardless of the outcome, I want to make sure I have fun and enjoy myself.

 

Q: What have you worked on to improve this season and over the course of your career?

A: My entire career, I have focused on improving every year to better myself and prepare for tournaments and matches. This past summer I played a few Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournaments to prepare myself for the upcoming season. 

 

Q: What are your goals individually and for the team heading into the postseason? 

A: For individuals this year I will once again be pursuing singles in hopes of another singles state championship. Since Pine Lake moved up to 2A there will be a lot of competition; however, I believe I will make it far into states. This is one of the best teams out of my four years of high school tennis. I believe we will go far into the playoffs and have a chance at the state championship. 

 

Q: What kind of racket do you use?

A: Wilson Blade. I have used this racket for many years now and it allows me to get lots of topspin on the ball while also swinging as fast as possible. It is also not too heavy or light.

 

Q: Who on the team has really stepped up this year?

A: We have needed many of the other players to step up and I am happy to say many of them have. Our Court 5, Heath Frye, has stepped up so far this season, coming in with some big wins against CSD and North Meck. On Courts 2 and 3, Dylan Patel and Alex Sieni have also been putting in the work at practice and playing hard. They will be playing doubles together as individuals, hopefully making a run at states this year. Finally, Neil Singh, the only other senior on the team. This year he has challenged his way up to Court 7 and will be playing doubles in individual regionals. 

 

Q: You played soccer for tennis coach Paul Ebenhoeh in the fall for the first time. How did you make that decision?

A: Since freshman year I have talked about playing in high school. It was my last year I could play and the only year I could play with my younger brother, Jack, on the team. I also had a bunch of friends on the team as well.

The Ramanata File

Position: Pine Lake Prep Court 1

Favorite tennis player: Roger Federer

Hardest class this school year: AP Research

Favorite restaurant in Mooresville: Barcelona Burger

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