After starting the season with a perfect 4-0 record, Salisbury University junior Katherine Tamesis was awarded Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors Feb. 21.
Tamesis opened the 2022 season with wins against Virginia Wesleyan and Marymount.
The athlete started playing tennis at 8 years old, later competing at age 12. Tamesis has been a force on the court since high school, becoming a three-time state champion in doubles tennis and a state champion in singles tennis as well.
Tamesis believes “hard work, dedication and passion for the sport” led to her past and current athletic successes. She believes her mindset of coming in “fresh and ready to give it all” allowed her to land the honor of Conference Athlete of the Week.
Women’s tennis Head Coach Randy Halfpap said Tamesis was always a “solid singles player,” but she is now finding comfort in doubles play.
Halfpap said the player “takes care of her business” on the court, playing cleanly and dominating opposing teams without mistakes. Tamesis is “playing better than she ever has,” the coach said.
Tamesis said she is excited to play more matches this season after COVID-19 halted most competition.
With spectator restrictions lifted, she also looks forward to fans being at games to cheer her on. Tamesis said her family members “sacrifice a lot” to support and motivate her, so this season will allow her to engage more with them.
Tamesis successfully manages the challenge of balancing school and sports, has a “good focus in the classroom” and is “serious academically,” Halfpap said.
The women’s team will travel to Florida during SU’s spring break to play four matches in four days, moving onto conference play in late March and early April.
Halfpap said the team is “ready to respond and ready for a challenge.”
By HAILEY DEARES
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