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Girls tennis team gains new players and new insights


The HEHS girls tennis team is in the midst of their fall season, and they have a lot to talk about. With the graduation of last year’s senior class, the team has grown to include a number of new players.  

To the players at Hoffman, tennis is more than just the sport. It is a perfect mixture between competitive and social.  

 “I joined girls tennis because a couple of my friends were urging me to join,” said Danielle Rose Sy, sophomore. “It seemed like a fun activity, so I did it, and I’m really glad that I did.”

But not everyone who joins a sport sticks to it, Sy continued. “I decided to stick to it because of the new relationships that I’ve been able to foster and just having a hobby that keeps me active.”

Sophomore Varsity Player Hannah Lee concurs.

“The tennis team is a great way to make new friends and socialize,” said Lee. “Tennis matches are really fun, especially since you are able to play against other neighboring schools and see different types of tennis players play against you.”

Tennis players must be both physically agile and mentally focused.

“Tennis is all about playing with a strong mentality, ”said Aminah Quadri, a sophomore on the Frosh/Soph team. This can have some long-term benefits in life beyond the tennis court.

“Mentally, tennis has led me to better manage time and how to act around people,” said Holika Nanna, senior team captain.

She advises future players that “the best way I’ve been given the opportunity to improve is by hitting with others, and you pick up some skills whether they’re from our school or a different one.”

Varsity Coach Kenneth Harris agrees that “it’s all about confidence, and it’s all about that experience. Overtime, as you continue with the team you’ll feel that growth.” 

Overall, the team is supportive, competitive and successful. With the conferences coming up, they’re ready to ace away the competition.


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