Singles tennis can be challenging for new players, and competing against experienced varsity athletes only makes the task even tougher. Rochelle Township High School senior Caitlin McMurray didn’t back down from her opponents, however, and despite not picking up a racket until her sophomore year, McMurray grew into a leadership role with the Lady Hubs.
McMurray spent three seasons with the Lady Hub tennis program, spending one year on the junior varsity team before stepping into a varsity singles position as a junior. She returned this past fall as Rochelle’s No. 1 singles player, where she competed in the majority of her matches. She said she improved in all aspects of the sport throughout her time with the team.
“My favorite experience from this past season was serving as a role model for the younger players on the team,” McMurray said. “I really felt like I accomplished a lot and the girls felt comfortable coming to me with any questions they had… I decided to play tennis because I was interested in trying something new and I grew to love everything about the sport.”
One of only three seniors on the varsity team this past season, McMurray said that forming new relationships with her teammates was what she enjoyed most about her time with the team. She said that being a member of the tennis program taught her the value of friendship, and she said the sport brought out another level of kindness she didn’t believe she had in her.
“RTHS tennis taught me that regardless of age differences, friendships can be built between people,” McMurray said. “The freshmen this past season realized that although I was a senior, I was very accepting of them… Everybody on the team was so welcoming when I started playing my sophomore year. Tennis helped me bring out a whole new level of kindness.”
McMurray said she plans to attend Northern Illinois University after high school to begin her education in nursing. She said she hopes to become an NICU nurse and continue helping others.