The two top seeds on the 2015 Coast Union tennis team, Maddie May and Michelle Campos, are picking up where they left off in 2014. May is the top seed and Campos is close behind on a team with a lot of young players that will need leadership as they develop into varsity talent.
Interviewed on the tennis court at Coast Union on the last day of August, May said, “When Michelle and I were declared captains, I was kind of nervous at first, because I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. But I’m a passionate athlete, I love what I do, I just want to help as many players as I can — if they enjoy the sport as much as I do.”
Campos believes that if an older player “tries hard on the court, others will look up to you.” But she also says a role model on a tennis team should lead “morally. I believe in Rotary’s four way test” (Is it true; is it fair; will it build good will and friendships; and will it benefit all concerned?).
“Basically, it comes down to not doing things that would hurt someone’s feelings,” Campos stated.
What kind of potential does this team have in terms of success against mostly bigger schools? (Coast Union is the only school in the Coast Valley League that offers girls tennis, so the team has no option but to play schools such as Templeton, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo.)
“We have a lot of potential, so if we put in the hard work, we’ll probably be really good,” Campos said.
May said she “definitely knows for sure” the team is very young, “but they have the potential to be very strong. We can help a lot of the younger girls pick up the techniques very quickly, which is awesome.
“I’m looking forward to a great year,” May said.
When May completes her senior year, she plans to attend Cuesta College and move into an apartment with her older sister in San Luis Obispo. She is not sure she will continue to play competitive tennis, but she knows she wants to continue her education.
Campos said she has known “for a very long time” what she wants to do after graduation. “That’s to help people. I want to go into nonprofit fundraising and major in communication.”
As to their objectives in 2015, Campos, a junior, said her goal was to try to avoid getting upset when she is losing on points against a tough opponent. May’s goal is to “Simply enjoy my senior year and make every moment awesome while it lasts, because I may not play in a higher division.”