Strong Victories for Varsity Girls Tennis 

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Varsity girls tennis took six consecutive wins in 16 days, and ultimately finished the season with a record of 9-5.

Junior Co-captain Stella Dodd explained the main reason for the team’s sudden surge in success. “As a team, we started working better together,” she said. 

With 9-0 wins against Ethel Walker, Cheshire Academy, and Miss Porters, the team confidently took on Westminster, Loomis Chaffee, and Williston Northampton, coming out with hard-fought victories in all three.  

Head Coach Ron Garcia is very satisfied with the perseverance of the players who have had close matches against Westminster on May 7th, and Loomis on May 11th. He explains how those matches really locked in the team victory for KO. “I think the people that win close matches are often the people that enjoy playing close matches,” Coach Garcia said. He emphasized in practice that the players should enjoy competing even when it gets tough.  

Dodd is enthusiastic about how well the team is doing under pressure. She is proud of her team for pushing through their toughest matches. She loves how the dynamic of the team is both productive and exciting. “We all get along very well and even at matches that are serious and intense, we still make it fun,” she said. 

Garcia also explained how juniors Abby Baier and Hallie Braunstein have stepped up, winning both their Loomis and Westminster matches, which have been decisive in the teams overall wins. In addition, the team has two eighth-graders, Victoria Conception and Alex Doering, who have done a great job persevering through hard matches contributing greatly to the team’s overall success. 

In practice, the team has been focusing on their doubles game which has paid off with 3-2 doubles wins over both Westminster and Loomis. Senior Co-captain Amrita Natarajan was satisfied with the tough fight the team put in versus Loomis. She and Baier won in doubles 9-7, which was a long match, but in the end, KO was victorious. “We wanted that match more than they did and that is what it came down to,” Natarajan said. 

As they focused more on the mental aspect of playing through tough matches, Natarajan hoped that the younger players on the team were able to see the passion of KO tennis, especially in close matches. 

 Coach Garcia is beyond satisfied with the progress made this season. “We’ve been overachieving I feel,” he said, and he is satisfied with the teams overall performance this season, although they ultimately came out with two hard fought losses in the last two games of the season versus Taft on May 16th, and Hotchkiss on May 18th.