On October 25, the volleyball squad defeated Lawrence Woodmere in a match played at the Lexington School. Led by Coach Adreama Mackey and team captains Maria Tsiatis and Lexis Valentine, the Jaguars won 2-1.
After losing their first set 19-25, the Jaguars hit their stride and went on to win the next two sets. The second set resulted in a 25-22 win, and in their final set, they achieved a decisive victory of 25-10.
“After losing the first set, we were really determined to get it back,” said co-captain Maria Tsiatis, “It was really intense, they were a great team and we had to play our best to beat them.”
As a graduating senior, Tsiatis said, “We saw what it means to work hard and see the results. Five of us are graduating, and winning it all meant so much.” The team’s victory gave them a 7-1 record on the year.
In their November 1st match, the tennis team defeated last year’s champions, the Portledge School. The Jaguars secured their 3-2 championship victory under the leadership of captain Whitney Schott to complete a successful 9-1 season for the team.
One of the key players, sophomore Grace Tom, played on both the tennis and volleyball teams, helping bring home both championships. Until this year, Kew-Forest had not fielded a girls tennis Team for decades. In prior years, female players participated on the boys team, where they played a significant role in achieving a championship win last year.
The team has been invigorated by last year’s launch of the Kew-Forest Tennis Academy at the West Side Tennis Club, a partnership between the school and the club. The academy provides a unique interface between college-preparatory academics and competitive athletics—giving students three hours of daily practice and tennis pro instruction during the academic year.
Scott Gordon-Somers, director of Sport, Health and Wellness at Kew-Forest and acting Girls Tennis coach, has been key in the development of the varsity team and the academy.