Nick Huang of Great Oak High School is nearly handcuffed while returning a high volley during conference play earlier this season. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

TEMECULA — The regular season for boys’ tennis has come to an end, and Great Oak has done it again. For the 8th straight season, the Wolfpack has claimed the title of Southwestern League champions. What makes each title even better is that they have done it by going undefeated, eight consecutive times.

“I could not be prouder of them,” Great Oak head coach Ray Fisher said. “Our upperclassmen always set the tone for the team and challenge each other to play to the best of their ability.”

By the mid-point of the season Great Oak was 5-0 and had won 87 sets, dropping only 3 to league foes. They blanked Murrieta Mesa, Vista Murrieta and Chaparral the first time around. When all was said and done last week, after playing each league counterpart twice in the season, the Wolfpack boys had 156 wins and 24 losses, which is quite the feat.

Overall, this season, Great Oak went 17-5 record wise, with two losses to Palm Desert, one loss to Los Osos, a one-point loss to Woodrow Wilson (38-37) and one loss to ML King in Riverside.

This year’s roster consists of David Abrams, Blake Cherry, Jensen Davis, Jackson Foltz, Matthew Gonzalez, Covin Hassler, Nick Huang, Vincent Le, Samual Lopez, Dylan Mai, Ian McGowan, Luke Moore, Joaquin Moya, Eric Rutz-Robbins, Alek Solano, Tanner Stock and Heemee Ton.

Standings for the 2022 Southwestern League season played out like this: Great Oak (17-5 11-0), Murrieta Valley (11-11 7-3), Temecula Valley (15-6 7-3), Vista Murrieta (6-8 3-7), Murrieta Mesa (5-8 3-7) and Chaparral (1-13 0-10).

The Southwestern League finals will take place this week at Temecula Valley High School Thursday, April 28, and then at the Murrieta Tennis Club Friday, April 29. Both days the start time is set for 11 a.m. Brackets for the CIF Southern Section postseason tournament will be live Monday, May 2 at 11 a.m. Great Oak will look to better their playoff potential this year after falling to Brentwood last year in the second round.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.