By Hannah Simon, Co-Sports Editor Trust: in oneself, in your teammates and in the ball. An integral part of their mission, the girls’ varsity tennis team has begun the 2022 season on a high note, finishing the regular season at 11-0. Led by head coach Britt Aimone, the team is now in pursuit of more,...
By Hannah Simon, Co-Sports Editor
Trust: in oneself, in your teammates and in the ball. An integral part of their mission, the girls’ varsity tennis team has begun the 2022 season on a high note, finishing the regular season at 11-0. Led by head coach Britt Aimone, the team is now in pursuit of more, with fond memories of last year’s state championship driving them and team culture being the number one priority.
“For me it’s all about the sisterhood that these girls embody. Watching these girls really come out of their shell and express themselves is way more important to me than any win,” Aimone said.
Last year, the team finished with a 22-0 record, winning the Central League Championships, district championships and state championships. United as a whole, senior captain Coco Lucarelli recognizes the effort put into last season’s success.
“Last year was amazing,” Lucarelli said. “Coming into the 2022 season, we (the team) knew there was a lot of work to be done, but we’re more determined and inspired than ever.”
Following in suit, Kate and Isabelle Emmanuel won the Central League Doubles Championship, Bella Chen and Jennifer He were runners up, and all four are slated to participate in the District Doubles Championship, feats accomplished as a result of overall team solidarity.
“On our team, everyone is viewed as equal,” Aimone said. “Achieving personal excellence as opposed to victories is a mindset I feel will give the best opportunity to succeed on and off the court.”
While the team boasts immense talent, the players continue to grow every single day under the parameters of kindness and sportsmanship. A family at heart, the girls become sisters in a short time and build bonds that last a lifetime. Presence amongst one another is also mandatory and is readily acknowledged by the girls as a key cultivator of their success.
“My favorite part about being on the team is the people,” Lucarelli said. “I especially love our pasta and pool parties.”
Every year is a clean slate, and while progressing to the state championship continues to be a goal, coach Aimone expects her team to first and foremost carry on the team culture, make lifelong memories and have fun.
“We don’t look too far into the future,” Aimone said. “I believe it’s important to be present in every match surrounded by our family.”
Hannah Simon can be reached at [email protected].
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