Player of the Week: Vayshnav Malhotra, Franklin Tennis

Vayshnav Malhotra
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Vayshnav Malhotra has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for April 11 through April 17. Malhotra is the 26th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the second of the spring season.

Malhotra has been a big part of Franklin’s perfect start to the season and its quest for a third straight league title. The senior has won all six of his matches this spring, including an impressive, straight sets win on Friday afternoon in a showdown with previously unbeaten Mansfield. His point sealed a 3-2 win over the Hornets and put the Panthers up by a match in the race for the Kelley-Rex crown.

“After breezing by Taunton and North Attleboro, losing only a total of two games in his wins, Vayshnav met his match in Friday’s home match against Neema Khosrovani of Mansfield,” said Franklin head coach Paul Parnell. “This was an important early season match up as both teams (at 5-0 in the Kelley Rex) were vying for sole possession of first place. Vayshnav jumped out to a 5-2 lead, only to hold on to win the first set 6-4. The second set was a back and forth battle with Vayshnav up 3-2, down 3-4, up 5-4. It took five match points to close out the tenth game seal the match (6-4, 6-4) and the third point to ensure the team’s win and sole possession of first place.”

It was a busy week for the Panthers, who won three times. On Monday, Franklin swept Taunton with Malhotra dropping only one game (6-0, 6-1) in his match at first singles. The Panthers dropped only three games total in the singles matches. Two days later, Franklin swept North Attleboro and again Malhotra was dominant, picking up his second 6-0, 6-1 win of the week. Things were tougher on Friday against Mansfield. Malhotra battled with Mansfield freshman Neema Khosravani, who also came into the match unbeaten, and pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory to put the Panthers on top in the division. A rematch with Mansfield is scheduled in May at Memorial Park.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Vayshnav Malhotra
Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Vayshnav Malhotra The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.