Girls’ Tennis

by Paulette Mumar, Maggie Mumar, & Sunny Sun, Staff Writers

  Coach Kirby Onaga: Who’s you’re all time favorite tennis player? Why? “Myself. Just kidding. It’s hard for me to say that since I’ve been around tennis for so long and I have seen many marvelous players. Currently, my  favorite professional tennis player is Nadal.” How many years have you been coaching here in ESHS? “In 1999, I was hired as the JV coach. Unfortunately the head coach broke her leg, so I just inherit the position and been here ever since.”   What are some of the tennis memories you have here in ESHS? “One time, the coach of the opponent team got in an argument with me, because I asked her some questions that my players brought to my attention. In response, she dramatically bashed about my ways of coaching and the players on the team.” What do you like about the team? “The main part is that they try to excel in their academic life and they understand that tennis is an individual sport.” What do you guys do to keep in shape and on top of your game? What is practice like? “We need conditioning, repetition, and technique to be in shape and on top of our game. We try to do all three, because they always go hand in hand.” You have a lot of seniors this year. How are they like now than they were when they were freshmen? “They’re the same. They grew two inches and twenty pounds. I think they understand my sense of humor, whether I’m joking or not, because I’m joking 90 percent of the time.” Sarah Canzano: You’re a senior now. How different is the tennis team this year than your freshmen year? “Well, freshman year I was on the JV team, it’s different because of its level of difficulty. This year the team is more melded together as a family more than it was my freshman year and the energy is really up this year.” What are your goals this year in tennis? “This year we would like to take league away from south, and do our best in CIF.” Tell us some crazy tennis team stories? “One year in league we were so hungry, so we secretly took the other team’s food.” Being the captain of the tennis team, how difficult is it? “The hardest time was when things are coming up to crunch time and when you really have to get down to it but I really think it pays off at the end and the girls are really appreciative. All the hard work and time I put in is really worth it. ” Kristen Virkler: How do you feel in Varsity? “I feel honored and glad to be around the upper classmen. It is a very humbling experience.”   Crazy memories? “The bus rides are so much fun when we sing our heart out and roll down the window to sing we are the champion.”   How is it different playing in a team that in junior tennis? “It’s different because you are by yourself and you have to be your own support but now we have the own team to support you since we are a family.”   Next years goal? “BEAT SOUTH! Bianca and go out all the way, win CIF. I’m going to miss the seniors, I’m not really sure what next year will be like; they mean so much to me.”

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