Alex Gonzalez, Co-Editor in Cheif
The sheer one-on-one competition seeing your opponent staring you down across the court and serving the ball with all the power in the world to gain that “W” is intense. Tennis is both a team and individual sport; the player wins for herself and the good of the team. In the end the individuals on the team are enjoying a fast paced, strategic game. Governor Livingston has a competitive, girls tennis team competing this fall headed by a strong, experienced coach in Mr. Meakem.
The team has had a good season so far and is prepared to take down the competition. “We are currently 6-2 this season,” Coach Meakem said, “we are in a new division this year within the Union County Conference and have performed very well so far in our new division. We are 6-0 in our division.”
This year’s Lady Highlanders have many new faces on the squad. “We graduated 6 of our 7 starters from last year’s team,” Coach Meakem said, “so it is definitely a new group of girls who are doing a great job creating chemistry and playing well together.” The team is lead on the court by Senior captain Vicki Thomaides. Coach Meakem remarked, “I’m very proud of her because she is in a unique position of being a captain during her first year of varsity. Our only varsity returning starter is a sophomore and so we needed to find some strong senior leadership despite the inexperience. I think the girls have taken VERY well to Vicki and that she is growing every day as a player and a leader.”
Although the majority of the team lacks varsity experience, they do not disappoint. They are strong willed and ready to represent the Highlanders in a good way.” When asked about his goals for this strong, successful team Coach Meakem responded, “I think a division championship in our new division this year is an attainable goal.”
The Lady Highlanders will begin their quest for a title this week as they face opponents in the first round of the County Tournament. “We know have some challenging matches coming up but we’re confident that this tournament will be competitive,” Vicki Thomaides said, “and we will have some fun over these next few days.”