WEST HARTFORD - It has been somewhat of a dream season for Berlin tennis player Jon Trevethan. It just didn’t have the dream ending he would have hoped for.
The sophomore competed in the Class M finals on Thursday afternoon but was taken down by top-seeded Andrew Ilie a freshman from St. Josephs in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
Trevethan came into the match having not lost a set through his five matches in the tournament and having only lost 11 games. In the match against Ilie he lost 12 games and was unable to win any.
“I honestly just got outplayed today,” Trevethan said. “I didn’t play that well but that’s not an excuse. I just got outplayed by a great player so props to him.”
The loss in the finals doesn’t take away from the type of season he has had though. During the regular season Trevethan only lost one match, with this one being his second defeat. He dominated his way through the Class M tournament and gained some invaluable experience throughout his sophomore season.
“It was great,” Trevethan said. “I enjoyed everything about it and had a lot of fun. I got unlucky in the finals but it was still definitely enjoyable for me.”
Trevethan had plenty of success as a freshman last year but this season he has been much better. The improvements he has made have been in the small areas. The sophomore has always been able to win matches, but now he is able to focus on the more intricate details.
“I think I have definitely gotten better at the mental game,” Trevethan said. “I used to be a lot more nervous heading into matches now I am kind of just more used to it. I think confidence is a huge key and it helps me a lot. I have also gotten stronger so that with the mental game has made me a better player.”
“It’s hard to measure his growth within the Berlin schedule,” head coach Rex Smith said. “The growth he has made has been within USTA where he has really grown a lot. He has expanded a lot. The ease with which he has won a couple of his matches it what really stands out. Last year he still probably would have won those matches but this year instead of winning the sets 6-4, he is winning them 6-0 or 6-1.”
Getting in and out of matches quicker is something Smith tried to focus on with his star player this season and he has really taken the advice and run with it. Trevethan didn’t lose more than one game in any set prior to the quarterfinals in Class M tournament and was typically discarding of his opponents in around 30 minutes.
While the state tournament has now come to a close, the high school season isn’t over just yet for Trevethan. He will now compete in the State Open where he will get to take on the very best tennis players in the state regardless of class. Facing Ilies once again isn’t completely out of the question either.
“I always like to keep my expectations high but within reason,” Trevethan said about the state open. “So I am going to go in and try to win my first-round match and focus on one match at a time so that I don’t get ahead of myself.”
Prior to the State Open, which will begin on Saturday at Amity, Trevethan has a couple of things he wants to continue to work on.
“I need to work on being more consistent,” Trevethan said. “I think that my weakest point today was my ground strokes, so I will definitely need to be better with that.”
Regardless of the outcome at the State Open, Smith believes that his sophomore will only get better from facing the competition he will inevitably be matched up against there.
“I just think it will be good for him to get into matches against some of these top singles players,” Smith said. “We are looking for him to win at least one match at the Open this year and then hopefully, as a sophomore, he will win two. Regardless though, he will only grow from this experience.”
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