by Kush Kataria ’20 and Keegan McMahon ’21
You might have seen her serving aces on the tennis court or smashing volleys at the net. The player of the month for girls varsity tennis in seventh grader Kay Chin. She plays number one singles and doubles for the team. This was her first year on the team and at KO. She has been playing tennis since she was 5 and also plays outside of KO. She has won a record number of wins considering she is so young. Head Coach Ronald Garcia said that she is a great competitor and brings great enthusiasm and youthful energy to the team. “I think that she is a worthy successor within our great tradition of outstanding number one players at the Kingswood Oxford School,” Coach Garcia said.
Chin loves being on the KO team and said that the team is really great and supportive. She enjoys being the youngest on the team and learning from the older players. “I like KO because I like how everyone accepts you and treats you like their own even though you may be new,” Chin said.
Coach Garcia is very pleased with the way Chin has been performing. One of Chin’s greatest highlights was when she destroyed a Choate player at number one singles. Coach Garcia said that she has strong, consistent ground strokes. Chin also won the number one singles draw at the Coe De Villafranca Tennis Tournament at Kent School, becoming the youngest player to ever win the top draw at the tournament. She defeated Exeter in the semifinals and Andover in the finals.
Chin said that she tries her best every match she plays. When asked her greatest strength, Chin replied that she is good at strategizing on how to make winners. She also added that she needs to improve on her backhands and high balls. Chin is a force to be reckoned with on the court and keeps on improving day by day. Accomplishing so much at such a young age is truly incredible, and she has a bright future ahead of her.
Being only a seventh grader, Chin has a lot of potential. Coach Garcia is really optimistic about her future and is hoping that she can help the girls tennis team return to what they do best: winning championships. It is only the beginning for Chin and the KO tennis program.