By Enya Bours
She describes how being captain has a lot more pressure than the average player: “When you’re captain, you have a lot more responsibilities, like getting the girls together for uniforms, getting everybody to come to practice, bonding days, and all that stuff.”
Being a tennis captain is more than just organizing activities, however. Tennis is not an easy sport, and the opponents the team plays are often of a higher level than they are used to. Keeping her fellow teammates motivated before games is a task Huynh may not be formally assigned to, but is expected from her team. She stresses the importance of a positive mindset, especially in the face of these difficult opponents. “Everybody has a different skill set, and you just gotta believe in yourself to win,” she reminds her teammates.
Huynh also illustrates her goals for the team as well as her individual ones. “I just want everybody to have a good season and a good experience,” she explains. She was undefeated in her freshman and sophomore years, and only lost one game the season prior. This season, she has lost two, but is determined to keep it at that.
Like most students in high school, Huynh has more than just tennis to worry about. She has to balance being co-president of German Club and her job at a private tennis club as a coach on top of the workload that comes with school. Despite this immense stress, Huynh does not regret taking part in any of them. “I’m passionate about [tennis],” she says. And once again, she shows her model attitude when it comes to winning games, which seems to take a back seat when it comes to her team. They have not yet won a single match, but she believes their strong relationship with each other makes it all worth it.