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Tennis: Fenwick’s top doubles team bonded by music

<p>Fenwick’s Nick Sagastume returns a shot at the net while doubles partner Mike Doherty looks on during the Rolling Meadows Invite. | Rob Valentin/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Fenwick’s Nick Sagastume returns a shot at the net while doubles partner Mike Doherty looks on during the Rolling Meadows Invite. | Rob Valentin/For Sun-Times Media

This spring, Fenwick seniors Nick Sagastume and Mike Doherty teamed up at doubles for the first time during their high school tennis careers.

While the duo didn’t start off the season as the top tandem, they’ve moved up to that spot after discovering in January how well they complemented each other at Banua, Fenwick’s musical and comedy review.

“We were both in choir and people had heard our voices and everyone said we had good voices,” Doherty said. “We were kind of nervous about the unveiling but I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from people who told us we did well.”

Sagastume, who also plays soccer at Fenwick and lives in Western Springs, has been playing guitar for the last six or seven years but just started singing in September. Doherty is a member of the Fenwick hockey team who lives in Elmhurst. He had sung in plays when he was younger, but didn’t pick up a guitar until his sophomore year. He spent his free time watching YouTube videos and quickly learned the basics, then picked up chords and songs.

Both played at Banua — separately and together — in front of students and family members. Their emotions leading up to the performance were very different.

“My sister was in it when she went to Fenwick, but I was too afraid,” Doherty said. “But I figured, ‘It’s my senior year, why not try it?’ I thought I was going to be nervous when I got out there but I wasn’t. I think tennis kind of helped because I was used to those pressure situations.”

“I didn’t have the same feelings as Mike,” Sagastume said. “I wasn’t loose or anything. When I went up there I could barely breathe and I was just thinking about what people would think. I felt like there was so much pressure.”

The seniors realized they had pretty good chemistry on stage and got positive feedback from classmates. They started practicing in Sagastume’s basement and now think they complement each other extremely well. 

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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