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The Cate boys tennis team, thanks to the guidance of former coach Robert Bonning, is committed to teaching life lessons that will serve players long past their time at Cate.

The most important values we try to instill in our players are sportsmanship, teamwork, and a commitment to success.

For Cate tennis, sportsmanship means respect for yourself, your opponents, and the game of tennis generally. We look to players like Federer and Nadal for examples. We know they are always trying their hardest and want to win every match, but when they do lose, they are humble and respectful and praise their opponent rather than blame themselves.

In tennis, the saying is that good sportsmanship is shown when a match is finished and both players are walking off the court and you can’t tell who won or lost.

Many tennis players at Cate start high school competition without ever having competed on a team. The transition to a team is naturally difficult in a sport that is so focused on individual achievement.

Moreover, in high school tennis, individual success rarely translates into team success.

For Cate tennis, teamwork means players putting the team before themselves. During practice, that may mean experienced players embracing the opportunity to practice with new members of the team to help them improve faster so they can make a bigger contribution to the team.

During a match, singles players may be asked to play doubles, or vice versa, if that means giving the team the best chance of success.

Success, for Cate athletes, ranges from learning the fundamentals of a new sport to preparing to compete at the collegiate level.

For players on the Cate varsity tennis team, whether one’s individual goal is to become an important contributor to the team or to prepare to compete at the college level, those goals are rarely achieved without a daily commitment to success.

That commitment, for all tennis players, means hitting every ball in practice with the purpose of improving. The commitment and focus required to complete these tasks often translates into success on and off the court.

2023 Division 3 Team Champions

2023 All-League Honorees:

Doubles MVPs: Nate Newlove ’25 and Harry Su ’25

First Team:

  • Singles: Jengus Ercil ’23
  • Doubles: Ethan Bloom ’24 and Will Keshen ’24



Lance Kronberg
Head Coach

Robbert Abbott ’95
 Assistant Coach

Junior Varsity

Colin Donovan
Head Coach

Brandon Alexander
Assistant Coach

TV Horvath
Assistant Coach




Day Date Opponent Location Time Results
Wed14-FebNewbury Park High SchoolHome3:00 PM(L) 6 - 12
Thu15-FebDos Pueblos High SchoolAway3:00 PM(L) 7 - 11
Thu22-FebSt. Bonaventure High SchoolHome3:00 PM(W) 14 - 4
Dunn School
Away3:30 PM
Thu29-FebBishop Diego High SchoolHome3:00 PM(W) 16 - 2
Tue26-MarCamarillo High SchoolHome3:00 PM(W) 11 - 7
Thu28-MarThacher SchoolHome4:00 PM(W) 14 - 4
Nordhoff High School
Home3:30 PM
Tue2-AprSan Marcos High SchoolHome4:00 PM(L) 5 - 13
Carpinteria High School
Home3:30 PM
Dunn School
Away4:00 PM
Tue9-AprFoothill TechnologyHome4:00 PM(L) 7 - 11
Fri12-AprLaguna Blanca SchoolAway3:30 PM(W) 13 - 5
Tue16-AprVillanova PreparatoryHome4:00 PM(W) 17 - 1
Mon22-AprTri Valley League PrelimsHome1:00 PM
Wed24-AprTri Valley League FinalsHome2:00 PM
Fri26-AprDunn SchoolAway3:30 PM(W) 14 - 4
Wed1-MayMarina High SchoolAway3:00 PM(L) 5 - 13

Junior Varsity

Day Date Opponent Location Time Results
Wed14-FebNewbury Park High SchoolHome3:00 PM
Thu15-FebDos Pueblos High SchoolHome3:00 PM
Sat24-FebThacher SchoolHome2:30 PM
Thacher School
Away2:30 PM
Tue2-AprSan Marcos High SchoolAway3:30 PM
Tue9-AprThacher SchoolAway3:45 PM

Boys Tennis Match Recaps

May 1, 2024

Tough Loss, Bright Future: Cate Tennis Reflects on CIF Opener

Honoring the Legacy of Senior Players The Rams went out in today’s first round of CIF Division 1 playoffs. The Marina High School Vikings won the match 13-5 at their courts in Huntington Beach. The Rams can walk away from this match proudly. They came ready to play and fought to the last point with …

April 25, 2024

Victory for Cate Boys Tennis: Singles and Doubles Domination

Consistency and Talent Prevail in Singles and Doubles Finals Today, the Rams won the Tri-Valley League individuals in both singles and doubles. Kakeru Hirofuji ’27 represented Cate in the singles division. In the semifinals, he beat Gordon Huckestein from Foothill Tech 6-3, 5-7 (10-6). In the other semifinal, Drew of St. Bonaventure 6-3, 3-6 (10-8). …

April 16, 2024

Cate Rams Sweep Villanova Wildcats in Tennis Showdown

Rams Continue Winning Streak, Eyes Set on Championships In a remarkable display of skill and determination, the Cate Rams tennis team swept the Villanova Wildcats in both singles and doubles matches during their recent showdown. Despite facing three solid singles players from the Wildcats, the Rams only conceded one point. Kakeru Hirofuji ’27 and Felipe …


Player Grade Level
Bien, Noah 9
Blanco, Felipe 12
Bloom, Ethan 12
Boschi, Basilio 11
Clinger, Graham 10
Gallegos, Alex 10
Greene, Robert 9
He, James 9
Hirofuji, Kakeru 9
Koh, Nathan 9
Koh, Nicholas 11
Lieser, Elias 11
Newlove, Nathan 11
Su, Harry 11
Takahashi, Alyna (Manager) 12

Player Grade Level
Anuarbek, Dinmukhamed 10
Duterte, Ian-Lucas 9
Espinoza, Alexander 11
Forry, Nicholas 11
Ghumman, Salar 10
Paige, Thomas 12
Sheshunoff, Ian 10
Wang, Kenneth 9
Wei, Ryder 9
Zhang, Lucas 9
Zhao, Jacob 9