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Sports

Suburban Life Female Most Valuable Athlete: Melissa Cartis, York, senior, tennis

Melissa Cartis
Melissa Cartis

WHY SHE WAS SELECTED:

York senior tennis player Melissa Cartis improved to 7-1 on the season, beating Wheaton Warrenville South's Emily Orlove and a Hinsdale Central opponent at No. 1 singles in three sets.

Cartis talked about the start to her season and more with Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge. Here is an edited version of the transcript:

Welge: How do you feel about your team's start to the season?

Cartis: I feel pretty well. I know our team is pretty solid. We have good newcomers.

Welge: Was the match with Orlove your toughest match?

Cartis: I actually think the one I had against Hinsdale Central was the toughest, believe it or not it was a little bit harder. First set I lost 6-3, then I came back and won the second 6-3 and we played a tiebreaker. I had a match point against me and I fought back, won 11-9 in the tiebreaker. Especially against Hinsdale, they are loud and vocal, it was good to beat them. Beating the girl from Wheaton was a strong opponent. I was down almost the entire match, I just kept saying to myself to play solid tennis, focus on controlling my game.

Welge: What's your training like between high school seasons?

Cartis: I train almost every single day, I go to Oak Park Tennis Center with my coach. I play tournaments in the Midwest and I played international tournaments. I had one in Antigua and one in Aruba. The Antigua one I won my first round match and lost to a girl that was in the top 100 in the world, I got an international ranking.

Welge: What's your previous state tournament experiences?

Cartis: I went to state for the first time my sophomore year in doubles with Gianna Nikoleit and we almost got All-State. I qualified last year in singles, got third in conference and sectionals.

Welge: What about this year?

Cartis: I definitely think singles, I think I'll go farther at state this year for sure. I feel I'm more mature and can handle things better.

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