Senior Matt Waterhouse aces competition in successful season

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After five years of heating up the high school tennis courts senior Matthew Waterhouse has capped off his successful high school career as second singles player with impressive accomplishments as the team captain and as an all-county player.


Unlike any season ever seen in Massapequa’s history before, Waterhouse was tasked to help managing a team of over fifty athletes compared to much smaller teams in the past. Despite the large number of students on the tennis team Waterhouse was able to control the courts and strategize with the help of the coach and other team leaders, leading the team to an impressive 12-2 record during the regular season.


“It was exciting to be captain for a second time” Matthew Waterhouse said. “We had a really big team this year and a really fun season.”


Headlining the Varsity tennis team as captain for the past two years, Waterhouse encouraged many teammates both years and led them to victories in their matches. Since joining the team in eighth grade Waterhouse has continued to demonstrate impressive leadership skills in helping others. He has continued to improve his game through hard work and dedication outside of the school team by practicing indoors and outdoors whenever he can.


Off the courts of the high school Waterhouse has also accomplished impressive feats such as being All Division every season while on the team and being an All-Conference player. This year alone Waterhouse entered the county tournament for doubles with the team’s first singles player Niles Ghafar and achieved an All County ranking.


“Since we were both singles players we practiced a lot of doubles for counties” Waterhouse said. “It was a difficult journey and I’m proud of how we did.”


Waterhouse shows no signs of slowing down in the upcoming months as he continues to play in preparation for the future. For this upcoming fall he will be attending SUNY Purchase and competing as the first singles player on the college’s team. While away in college Waterhouse encourages the team to keep working hard next year and listen to the advice coach and the captains have to offer.


“Tennis has had a huge impact on me” Waterhouse said. “I’ve played since middle school and I’ve made so many good friends through the sport. I’m really looking forward to playing in college.”

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