The KO Girls Tennis team shows promise and a bright season ahead starting out with a win against Hall last Friday, 4-3.
The team is experienced and ready for the season with many returning Varsity and JV players.
The team plans on being a force to be reckoned with this year and hopefully fighting their way to another title.
So far this year, the team has had two scrimmages: one against Hall High School and the other against Deerfield Academy.
They trumped Hall 4-3 but fell to Deerfield in a match later that week.
It was close but the teams new star player, seventh grader Kay Chin lost her set by a crazy one point tie breaker.
“Unfortunately we lost, but overall it was a very strong performance and the team played well,” sophomore Issy Rome said.
The team also had three successful league matches. They beat Hamden Hall (7-0) on April 8, defeated Kent School (6-3) on April 10, and came out on top against Pomfret School (4-3) on April 12.
“I think we have a close team and a lot of potential, so it will be an exciting season. We have a lot of matches and most of the team played at the varsity level last year so we all have some good experience,” Rome said. This year the team only has two seniors (Molly Baron and Isa Raymond), but hopes to still be able to compete with their opponents.
The toughest challenge down the road is “having a commitment to the team” Rome said, “and keeping a positive mindset even through losses.”
The most important part of the team is having a positive attitude.
Head Coach Ronald Garcia said he keeps this in mind when he coaches the team, and plans on the season going well.
He has been coaching for many years and has the experience to know what the team needs, and will always do what he knows is best for all the players.
Along with being the glue that holds the team together, Coach Garcia said he likes to have fun and brings humor to the tennis court whenever he can.
To help things run smoothly, Girls tennis acquired a few new managers to the team. junior Nick Hamzavi, senior Nick Bray, and senior Lian Wolman all volunteered to help out with practices and games.
It may not seem important, but the team wouldn’t be able to function without them.
Although the varsity girls tennis team may have lost a few players in the past few years, they can only build from here. The future of the team looks prosperous and the brightest seasons are yet to come.