said. "It was a nice bonus. It was my goal to play and I did for four years."
Tata did his part in his final high school match, quickly dispatching Sean Nork in the third singles match, topping his counterpart 6 1, 6 0 on Monday.
Beginning his tennis journey at the Doyle Field courts and with lessons at Orchard Hills Athletic Club Tata says he was "somewhere around 8" years old at the time the Leominster resident made the decision to attend St. John's for academic reasons, but quickly saw the perks of being a Pioneer on the tennis courts.
WORCESTER Though his high school tennis career didn't quite end with the glory he may have envisioned, Lucas Tata unarguably put together a solid four years on the courts.
The Leominster native saw his St. John's of Shrewsbury team fall just short of the state Division 1 tennis title Daytona Rolex Monday afternoon, falling to BC Rolex Datejust 41 Steel And Gold
As for next year, Tata who graduated with honors from St. John's plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where he hopes to continue his career at the collegiate level.
We've been hoping for it for four years."
"It would have been nice to go out with the state title," said Tata, who departs with four Central Mass. championships on his resume. John's of Shrewsbury in Monday's Division 1 state championship match against BC High at Clark University in Worcester.
Tata was awarded the school's Tennis Award this year, after serving his second consecutive season as a captain. He was also tabbed a Central Mass. All Star.
Leominster's Tata wraps up stellar tennis career
High 3 2 at Clark University and ending an outstanding career for Tata. The snakebitten Pioneers have come up on the losing side of the Commonwealth championship tilt in each of the 18 year old's four years with the Daytona Rolex White Face
"I got (to St. John's) and realized that they had a really good tennis team," Tata Rolex Explorer 39mm 2016
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