WORDS OF EXPERIENCE FROM OUR VARSITY TENNIS GIRLS!

By JACOB RAMOS
STAFF WRITER

 

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Chloe Wu (9)

As a freshman, how did you train to this point to become a captain of the varsity tennis team already?

“I started playing at about age eight, but I was not competitive until about sixth grade. I trained every day after school from three-thirty to six. [I started playing tournaments about a year ago as well].”

What do you do to prepare yourself right before a match?

“I listen to classical music and clear my mind of all negativity so I can focus [on my performance].”

Do you feel that the team has performed to your expectations so far?  How have they or how have they not?

“I really like my team and I feel that we have performed past my expectations. Everyone always tries their best and I really [admire our dedication].”

What is your favorite class this year?

“I like AP Computer Science,  because I think computers are interesting.”

Would you rather have a horse or donkey?

“I would rather have a horse, because [who would want a donkey]?

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Monze Meraz-Lerma (10)

Do you prefer playing doubles or singles? 

“I played in a singles position [last year], but I soon realized that it was not as fun as having a partner by your side. This year, [I decided to play doubles], and  have [really enjoyed it] because of my partner, Mireya Castillo. [ She makes me look forward to playing tennis much more].”

Who is your partner and how did she become your partner?

“My partner is Mireya Castillo, and we became partners because we were both junior varsity players [determined] to be on varsity. During summer camp, we found [out] that we had a really good connection on the courts as well as outside of tennis, so we [decided to become partners].”

What is your mentality when you are in a match?

“Mireya and I really know [how] to keep a good attitude, even when we are making simple mistakes or the opponents are giving us a challenge. We do not put each other down for our [errors], but instead help each [learn and improve for the next match].”

Hot dogs or hamburgers?

“Hamburgers, because hot dogs seem so artificial compared to burgers.”

Fall or spring?

“Spring!”

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Natalie Wu (10)

Who inspired you to get into tennis and how?

“My sister Melanie  inspired me to play tennis when I was nine. She has always been a huge role model to me and [makes me want to do my best].”

What is your biggest goal for tennis at Wilson and how do you manage to achieve it?

“My biggest goal for tennis is to maintain a good record. To [achieve this goal],  I will [put my full effort] into every match. [Of course] we want to be league champions, [but], [our goal is] to be the best we can be.”

Who is your favorite athlete of all time? 

“My favorite athlete is Naomi Osaka, because last year at the U.S Open she showed [resilience] when the crowd cheered against her and did not let people get [in her way] of [success].”

Would you rather have ten cars or ten dogs?

“Ten dogs! Dogs are just the coolest animals ever!”

Snow or the beach?

“Snow! I prefer the cold over the warm weather.”

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Arianna Audelo (11)

What do you do to prepare for matches every week? 

“We condition twice a week so we are not sore, and we do match play before game days and/or light hitting. This helps us feel the pace of how the match would be against other schools mentally, and helps us develop an [overall good mindset].”

What is your greatest motivation to succeed as a scholar-athlete?

“My greatest motivation is being able to get a scholarship for a division II university so I can study in the medical field.”

Is there any sport you would like to play other than tennis? Why or why not?

“I live for tennis and I do not have much time for any other extracurriculars other than choir.  [However], I enjoy watching swim meets and soccer with my brother.”

Turtles or frogs?

“Turtles, frogs are [too slimy].”

Pizza or pasta?

“Pasta!”

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Kristin Sung (12)

What year in your life did you feel improved the most?  

“[I improved] the most going into sophomore year. The people I practiced with [on varsity] were better than me and [pushed me] to be better.”

What was your biggest obstacle in this sport and how have you overcome it or how do you plan to overcome it?

“Learning a new form for serves. I will [try to overcome] this obstacle by practicing even more.”

What has been your greatest accomplishment up to date?

“I play doubles, and I feel that I have made a good improvement on communicating with my partner in our [matches]. It shows in our match play when we [miss less shots] because of poor communication.”

What is your favorite topping on pizza?

“Definitely ham.”

Would you rather have a pet monkey or pig?

“I would rather have a pet pig, because it is my favorite animal!”

 

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