Hiding Behind the Curtains: HS Girls Tennis
Story By: Richie Kim, Emily Bae Editor: Eileen Kwon Web Designer: Andy Yoon
Covered by the shadow of the more popular sports basketball, cross-country, and volleyball, tennis has been unable to stand out vividly in front of the SIS student body. Tennis is a Fall sport, and this year’s results portrayed great teamwork and cooperation. Through the hard but meaningful course of practices, our SIS girls tennis team has yielded an outstanding result of taking 2nd place in the KAIAC tournament and 1st place overall in the AISA tournament. The main factor that drew such an optimal result was that rather than pressurizing themselves, the members of the team put in their full effort and devotion, enjoying the practices and the sport itself.
Although tennis is an individual sport, to the players in the current tennis team, it feels as if they are playing as a team. Patricia Song, the girls’ tennis team captain, and her coach are very proud of themselves and wish that the rising 9th graders can join the team. They hope to produce a spectacular result again in next year’s tournaments. Although they desire the golden trophy, they do not intend to put any pressure on the rising freshmen by having high expectations. Several basic skills will help you be successful in the tennis team. Some key fundamental skills in tennis are endurance, stamina, precision, and most importantly being mindful, since tennis is all about concentrating mentally. But on top of all, as Patricia Song states, “We don’t really have an expectation, it’s just that if you’re interested, it’s important that you tryout, because not many people get cut off. It’s really important to come to every practice.”
If you have passion and show your full effort in each practice session, you will improve not only your tennis skills, but also your composition as a team member. As the coaches and players repeat, it’s the effort that counts the most. Once you have an ardent attitude, practicing some fundamental skills with the team will get you terrific results, just like this year’s tennis team.
Patricia Song and Ms. Sadler strongly advise you to have a go on tryouts if you are interested in tennis. Don’t be afraid to try because if you have passion and stamina, you will definitely get accepted.