Freshman dominates GMC tennisttournament, tournament, captures Player of the Year honors
Joey Deaton | Staff Writer
Jamie Kim did not lose a single game en route to winning the first singles Greater Miami Conference (GMC) crown. She’s a freshman, by the way.
Kim said that although she was nervous, her teammates helped her move past her early nerves.
“I was really nervous, but I got motivated by my team because they were supportive, and that helped me get through all my nerves,” Kim said. “It was a fun experience. Every match was (6-0 6-0). I didn’t think that I was going to win every match (6-0 6-0).”
According to tennisrecruiting.net, Kim is a five-star recruit who is ranked number two in Ohio, and number 42 in the nation for high school girls. Kim did not play for Mason Middle School and said that she did not expect to play first singles as a freshman.
“I didn’t really care if I was first singles, second singles, or doubles,” Kim said. “I just wanted to be a part of the team.”
Kim leads a team that won all five matches in the GMC championships, a feat accomplished for the first time since Lakota East swept back in 2011.
“We were so happy,” Kim said. “We swept, so we were just so proud of each other.”
Head coach Mike Reid said that the most surprising thing about Kim was not her tennis, but her personality.
“I knew quite a bit about her ranking and her success. I followed her results, but I didn’t really know what a great kid she was,” Reid said. “She’s very humble; she’s very team-oriented. I’m not surprised by her tennis, but when you look at her, she’s not that big, but she has a big heart and fights real hard on the tennis court, and she’s a lot of fun to coach.”
Reid said that although Kim has a habit of getting nervous before matches, she is no stranger to the spotlight considering her career of playing United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.
“She’s really experienced,” Reid said. “A high school environment is a little different in that we can coach during a match. She’s used to playing USTA tournaments where the coach can’t come onto the court, so it’s nice to go out there and calm her down if she’s a little rattled.”
Kim said that she would like to win the state tournament but will be thankful for the opportunity to play.
“I hope that I can get to the state tournament. I wanna be first, but I don’t know. I’ll have to compete,” Kim said. “I’m just going to try and be in perspective and be grateful if I make it through state and just be grateful for each match that I have.”
Reid has confidence in his freshman star.
“I think she can play with anybody,” Reid said.