Lady Bulldogs Seek Division Title

Photo: Awa Sow Team Captain Nadia Shadi, senior, plays in a match against The High School of Economics and Finance.

Photo: Awa Sow
Team Captain Nadia Shadi, senior, plays in a match against The High School of Economics and Finance.

By Evony Morel & Jackie Ortiz

During the 2013-2014 season, the girls varsity tennis team claimed victory for five out of the six games played and made it into the second round of the playoffs.

This season, junior and returning player, Constanza Falco, has even higher expectations for the Lady Bulldogs.

“Last year, we had exactly seven girls on the team, and this year we have about 20, so that’s pretty exciting,” she said.  “A goal that I have for the team is to get to the final rounds of the playoffs.”

Coach Pickett said the team has been committed to attending practices and working hard, despite facing some difficulties.

“It’s hard to work on tennis drills in the hallway or even in a gym,” she said. “The weather has been our biggest enemy so far.”

While Coach Pickett hopes her players progress in their skills and win the division championships for the fourth year in a row, she believes that losing isn’t the end of the world.

“Losses are never easy, but if we play our best and we lose, then that’s okay,” said Pickett, “We’ve done all we could and no regrets.”

According to junior Semefa Agbokou, who has played on the team since her freshman year, the Lady Bulldogs are known to “work hard [and] play hard.”

“What drives us is dedication, motivation, and perseverance,” she said. “As tennis players, our job is to motivate and encourage each other.”

According to Agbokou, the players’ connection has led to an increase in the team’s success. “Each year as a team we get stronger, wiser and greater,” she said.

Senior Mina Karimi agrees with Agbokou. “There’s a real sense of unity and community,” she said. “The girls are really supportive so that it’s not about winning, but bettering ourselves.”

As the team expands throughout the years, so does its ambition.

“It [this season] looks to be interesting,” said Coach Pickett. “I hope that we will have a wonderful, safe and winning season.”