Bassem Elbitar

This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is junior men’s tennis player Bassem Elbitar.

On February 28, the Orange men’s tennis team started the season with a 6-3 victory over Southern Alamance in Graham. Playing at #3 singles, Elbitar won his opening match of the season 8-0. Later in the afternoon, Elbitar teamed with Josh Van Mater to win at #2 doubles 8-3.

On Thursday, Elbitar defeated Eastern Alamance’s James Deacon 6-1, 6-0 as the Panthers defeated the Eagles 9-0 in the Panthers home opener to improve to 2-2 on the season.

This is Elbitar’s third season playing varsity tennis.

“He has experienced a huge amount of improvement from his sophomore to junior season,” said Orange men’s tennis coach Justin Webb. “His serve and ground strokes have a lot more power on them this year. He is a wonderful individual on the court and in the classroom.”

Last season, Elbitar won nine matches at singles, including a three-set victory over Samuel Henry of the North Carolina School of Science and Math 2-6, 6-1, 10-2 in the tiebreaker. He also played #5 and #6 singles and doubles his freshman year.

Elbitar has also regularly made the academic honor roll since his days as a 7th and 8th grader at Stanford Middle School. During the 2017-18 academic year, he made the A honor roll each of the three quarters at Orange High.

Elbitar helped Orange defeat Cedar Ridge on Monday.