The Western Wayne sophomore reached the semifinals and finished third in the PIAA Class 2A tennis championships, losing only to the eventual state champion.
Age: 16
Family: Father, Lenny; mother, Christa; sister, Alaina
Other sport you play: Soccer
Athletes you admire: Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and my cousins Trina Barcarola and Johnny Barcarola for everything that they do.
Superstitions or rituals on days when you have matches? I have to wear the same outfit. My mom makes me wash the same socks, underwear, shorts, shirt. At Hershey I didn’t, but at districts I did. My mom was like, I have to find a washing machine.
Three people you’d like to have dinner with. Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Franklin Roosevelt.
Most famous athlete you’ve ever met? Victoria Azarenka at the U.S. Open.
Other than tennis, what skill would you like to master? I’ve always wanted to be able to play the piano. I think it would be so cool to do that.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their life? Ride a rollercoaster.
Did the tournament give you any hints of what areas of your game on which you need to work harder? Oh, definitely. I’m going to need to work on my transition game into the net a little bit more. And my footwork is a huge factor that I need to improve on a lot in order to get to that next level.
What’s the biggest improvement in your game this season? My shot selection and mental capacity. When to go for the bigger shot and when to just get the ball in play and be consistent. And also my footwork.
Is this the biggest thrill you’ve had in sports? Getting third place in the state is something I’ll never forget.
Who is the one person who has had the biggest influence on your tennis career? Definitely my dad. He’s always been there, supporting me in every single tournament I’ve been to, and he’s been a great influence on me and to motivate me to do my best.
High school basketball has AAU, and baseball and softball have travel ball. What does a tennis player do when you are not in your high school season? USTA tournaments. I travel mostly all over the state, Philadelphia and Allentown. A lot of the kids form the Class 3A draw I see in the tournaments I play down there.
Have you started thinking about what lies ahead for you tennis wise, or academically? I haven’t done any research but I’ve had my eyes on a few schools.
Toughest opponent you’ve played against in high school. The foreign exchange student who I lost to in the quarterfinals last year (Nonpawitt Sirirungruangsarn). He was a really good player. It was a really good experience because it taught me what I had to do against john in this semifinal match this year.
One person you would like to play a match against. I’d love to be on the court with Roger Federer. I don’t even know if I’d be able to be serious because I’d just be in awe the whole time.