June 29, 2022

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Santa Maria History

MCI senior exchange student leading the way on the tennis courts

PITTSFIELD – 2022 has been pretty the year for Maine Central Institute’s girls’ tennis group.

The Huskies sit at 11-1, and leading the way has been senior Lidia Gomez, a foreign exchange student from Spain.

“It’s been a genuinely wonderful yr for MCI tennis,” reported head mentor John Purchases. “A whole lot of it has started out with her skills and the energy she delivers.”

“She’s type of a model for all of us,” said senior Leah Dechaine. “She’s just so unbelievable.”

Gomez is in her second year with the plan, and as of Monday, she is the MPA girls singles winner. She defeat Brunswick’s Coco Meserve in the finals, in what she calls one particular of the very best matches she’s performed in Maine.

“She was seriously fantastic,” Gomez reported. “She’s actually good, she’s received a genuinely excellent provide. We had been at the same amount.”

“We’re all viewing the fuzz fly off the tennis balls driving their rackets,” Purchases reported. “It was like, this is astounding. They were being the two participating in at these types of a fantastic amount.”

Buys suggests Lidia was now pretty seasoned as a tennis player coming into MCI. But, during the previous two a long time, he has observed her grow both of those as a teammate and a scholar.

“During her time at MCI we’ve seen her embracing the tradition at the faculty, acquiring concerned,” he reported.

“Mostly, what I like right here is the people,” Gomez said. “When we go to perform teams, we are all alongside one another. We assistance just about every other.”

Her presence with the Huskies, even just in apply, is undoubtedly rubbing off.

“Playing towards her, she goes uncomplicated on us,” Dechaine said. “But, it is really great actively playing someone so good simply because it truly prepares us for our competition.”

Even if you’re not playing towards her, just currently being a spectator has assisted some huskies increase her games.

“Going from her will help us make improvements to actively playing with velocity,” stated sophomore Olivia Varney. “Watching her participate in has aided us learn about the sport so a great deal, and achieve so a lot encounter.”

Suitable now, with playoffs all over the corner, they are all looking ahead to seeing what the relaxation of the season has in store.

“We’re tremendous happy of her, and we’re tremendous fired up to see what’s coming up for the relaxation of the time,” Purchases explained.