El Estoque

Out of Time

Out of Time

Jai Uparkar

December 18, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

haven’t played tennis in four weeks and I didn’t even realize it. I haven’t gone to the court or even picked up my racket. For a player who would practice for three hours every day on the weekdays and even more on the weekends, the sudden lack of tennis in my life is strange. I never made t...

The dream team

The dream team

November 21, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

I’ve always played for one reason — myself. Tennis is an individual sport, so all the sacrifices I put into the sport were only for myself. This year, I realized playing on a team meant that I was playing for my teammates, representing my school — not for a ranking or a trophy. This was the first...

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

November 8, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Game Reviews, Girls Tennis, SPORTS

The Matadors huddle together in the center of the court as captains and seniors Cynthia Hom and Leslie Ligier lead the team cheers. Tensions ran high as the weight of qualifying for the upcoming CCS games rested on the athletes’ shoulders. "It’s CCS,” Hom said. “If we lose, we're out of the draw. ...

His watchful eyes

His watchful eyes

Jai Uparkar

October 24, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

s another ball went flying off the court, I looked over at my dad and threw my hands up in frustration. Slumping my shoulders in reaction, I looked at him again defeated and annoyed. Patiently, his eyes conveyed a message: stay loose. I nodded my head and moved on to the next point. My dad was an op...

From Matador to Recruit

From Matador to Recruit

Rana Aghababazadeh and Julia Yang

September 28, 2018


Filed under Girls Tennis, SPORTS, Swimming & Diving

As the college application season is now upon the class of 2019, many hopeful students wonder if they’ve satisfied the admissions offices of their favorite schools. Though her classmates are scrambling to perfect applications through the thick of college application season, Ligier is not. For her,...

Idol No More

Idol No More

September 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, SPORTS

thought meeting Roger Federer would change my life. Roger Federer is considered by many to be the best tennis player of all time, holding the greatest number of Grand Slams for men and collecting 20 Majors in the Open Era, an era of tennis after 1968 when professionals could compete with amateur...

Finding the melody in sports

Finding the melody in sports

Aditya Dash and Carol Lei

May 13, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, SPORTS, Spring Sports

As sophomore Charlie Yi puts on his headphones and starts conditioning for volleyball, his teammates see a rhythmic pattern in his movement. With every drill, Yi uses his music to motivate himself, pacing himself with the beat of the music. “It just helps me work faster because as I said I want to move...

Practice makes perfect: analyzing the importance of daily sports practice attendance

Practice makes perfect: analyzing the importance of daily sports practice attendance

Emily Xia

April 11, 2018


Filed under Boys Tennis, From the magazine, SPORTS, Spring Sports

enior Michael Wan spoke in a hurry, questions thrown at him from every direction. A robot had gone missing, and as the director of electrical engineering of the MV Robotics Team, he  suddenly found himself in the middle of several interviews from local news stations. He looked at the clock and sig...

Girls tennis: Team wins 4-3 against Saratoga HS

Girls tennis: Team wins 4-3 against Saratoga HS

Roshan Fernandez

September 19, 2017


Filed under Fall Sports, Girls Tennis, SPORTS

he Matadors huddled for their own team chant on Sept. 12, just as the Saratoga HS players finished their own team cheer. The team brought energy to the court, laughing and joking with one another as they came together into their huddle. The players yelled the traditional Matador cheer in loud, spir...

Girls tennis: Team picks up first home win of season against Gunn HS

Girls tennis: Team picks up first home win of season against Gunn HS

Himani Yalamaddi

October 26, 2016


Filed under Fall Sports, Girls Tennis, SPORTS

What should have been a routine match against Gunn HS on Sept. 29 turned out a little differently than expected. The game was supposed to take place almost a month ago, but GHS had it postponed until Oct. 24. The day before MVHS’ next away game against them. When the day of the game finally came,...

Girls tennis: Team loses 3-4 to Homestead HS after dispute over uniforms

Girls tennis: Team loses 3-4 to Homestead HS after dispute over uniforms

Amanda Chan

September 28, 2016


Filed under Fall Sports, Game Reviews, Girls Tennis, SPORTS

Outside of the tennis courts, while the girls tennis team was playing its matches against Homestead HS on Sept. 22, the HHS coach approached MVHS coach Lu Tang and demanded that four MVHS players forfeit their matches because they weren’t wearing their uniforms. The HHS coach cited league rules, saying...

Boys tennis: Team defeats Carmel HS 6-1 in final home game

Boys tennis: Team defeats Carmel HS 6-1 in final home game

Karen Ma

April 26, 2016


Filed under Boys Tennis, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Co-reported by Karen Ma, Emma Lam and Priya Reddy. fter the usual huddles and motivational talks, chatters of encouragement amongst both team’s players arose as each player split off onto a court to begin his match. With the knowledge that their opponents Carmel HS had a lower record than them th...