What’s All That Racquet?

The West Bloomfield High School tennis team is back and ready for action!


Eli Ravid, Senior, in the perfect form for a monstrous serve vs. Novi High School

This past weekend on September 6th, the West Bloomfield High School (WBHS) tennis team served their way into the spotlight, as they kicked off their season with a huge tournament at Novi High School, which included, Novi High School, Cranbrook, and Grosse Pointe High School. Unfortunately, the WBHS tennis team suffered a disappointing loss overall in the tournament.


Despite the loss, the tennis team played with confidence and maintained a consistent composure. While questioning some of the members of the team as to how they felt about being a part of the Varsity team, they responded with excitement to be back out on the courts. When asked about how they performed, Kevin Chen and Justin Vassallo, both sophomores at West Bloomfield HIgh School, said, “We played very well and with confidence.” Those two players were victorious in the first set, clinching the 6-3 win.

Justin Vassallo, Sophomore,  sends the ball back with power!
Justin Vassallo, Sophomore, sends the ball back with power!


Rishabh Parekh, the only freshman on the Varsity team, was ready for the challenge. Parekh stated, “It’s a really big honor to be part of the varsity team especially, since it’s so competitive and the upperclassmen are very nice. It’s great to be part of such a supportive team.” Parekh played in three sets ,winning one out of three. The scores of the matches were 6-4, 3-6, and 3-6. When asked about his performance, Parekh said, “I’m playing good right now, some disappointing losses, just need to pick up my game.”


Another member of the Varsity tennis team, Eli Ravid, is currently a senior at WBHS. Ravid takes time to prepare himself before games physically and mentally. “Physically I hydrate and eat healthy foods prior to the match. Mentally, I tell myself, ‘I’m going to win.’ I enter with a positive attitude,” says Ravid.


An honorable mention goes to Josh Janklovetiz and Eli Ravid, both seniors. These two players fought and persevered with wins for both. They should be very proud of their efforts and accomplishments.

The schedule for the rest of September for boys Varsity tennis meets are;

  • September 16th @ Troy 4:00 pm
  • September 17th vs. Country Day (Home game) 4:15 pm
  • September 18th @ Clarkston 4:00 pm
  • September 19th vs Forest Hills Northern (Home game) 3:30 pm
  • September 23rd vs Bloomfield (Home game) 4:00 pm
  • September 30th OAA Tournament @ Troy TBD


Please show your Laker pride by attending these games and cheering our team onto victory! Thank you to the coaches Larry Stark and Joe James for their continued support in managing the team.


Two Varsity players working on their skills in-between games.
Two Varsity players working on their skills in-between games.


Head Coach: Larry Stark

Assistant Coach: Joe James


West Bloomfield Varsity Roster: 

First Last Position 1 Year
Daniel Eilender 1s 12
Gabe Villa 2s 12
David Filanowsky 3s 11
Rishabh Parekh 4s 9
Jonothan Nirenberg 1d 12
Max Singer 1d 12
Alec Sandberg 2d 11
Rupin Balabhadra 2d 12
Josh Janklovetiz 3d 12
Eli Ravid 3d 12
Anthony Chen 4d 12
Mark Gladshtegn 4d 12
Nikhil Sundaram 5d 12