Enochs High School’s Jordan Hayashi won the Modesto Metro Conference singles title and helped the Eagles to an undefeated league record and the MMC championship this season. He’s The Bee’s 2014 All-District Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
ON THE COURT: Hayashi, 16, won the MMC tournament singles championship for a second consecutive season with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Beyer’s Ryan Lewis, who made it through the regular season undefeated.
It was the second year in a row that Hayashi ended a streak in the MMC tournament. As a sophomore, the 6-foot, 140-pounder defeated Modesto’s Bijan Origel in the final. Origel was seeking to become the first player in league history to win four consecutive conference crowns.
Hayashi will be looking for a third consecutive singles title next year during his senior campaign and a fourth straight trip to the MMC final.
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Hayashi helped the Eagles to a perfect 12-0 record in league and a berth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
OFF THE COURT: Hayashi has a weighted, cumulative grade-point average of 4.23. His schedule is pretty much packed, though when he’s not playing or practicing tennis, he likes to hang out with friends. Hayashi played basketball as a freshman, but the schedule got too tight and he chose tennis over hoops. In the past, he also played baseball, soccer and golf.
“I really enjoy the individual aspect of tennis,” Hayashi said. “I don’t mind being part of a team, but as an individual you don’t rely on anybody but yourself. Whatever you put into it is what you’ll get out of it. You can’t rely on anybody to carry you. And if you lose, you’re not letting anybody down.”
WHAT’S AHEAD: Hayashi is getting interest from Division I schools such as Connecticut, Arizona and UOP. Coincidentally, parents Marlena Yokaitis and Randall Hayashi met at UOP dental school. Hayashi likes UConn but isn’t crazy about playing indoor tennis at an East Coast school. At Arizona, he might find himself lost on a roster of talented performers. As for the long-term future, he might also become a dentist.
“That’s always lingering when both of your parents are, but I’m not quite sure,” he said. “There was also a point when I was considering law. It’ll probably be something in the medical field or business.”
QUOTEABLE: “A lot of people get frustrated due to the fact that I can chase down a lot of their balls that would usually be winners against other people. Also, I don’t give up at all. If I’m losing by a large amount, I’ll keep playing like I’m up by a large amount.”
– Joe Cortez