Jamie Campisi entered the 2012 tennis season determined to make up for lost time.
After missing nearly all of her junior year due to a broken wrist, the Villa Walsh senior had something to prove to the Morris County tennis world and to the state. More importantly, she also had something to prove to herself and she worked her way back on the court.
“I was very upset that I missed my junior season,” Campisi said. “Not just from the tennis perspective, but because I missed being with my friends. But I also think that maybe all the good things that happened this year might not have happened if I didn’t come back so determined from the injury.”
The list of good things included winning a Morris County Tournament first singles title, being one of the final eight players left standing at the NJSIAA singles tournament, and finishing her senior season with an overall record of 21-2.
Campisi is the 2012 All Daily Record Girls Tennis Player of the Year.
The senior captain was undefeated against Morris County competition in 2012 at 17-0, including posting a trio of victories each over Emily Eckert of Mountain Lakes and Maria Sapozhnikova of Morristown-Beard. Her three-year record against Morris County competition was a staggering 49-1, with 47 of those victories coming in straight sets.
Campisi capped off her brilliant run against Morris County competition by claiming the biggest prize of all, the MCT first singles title. She defeated Eckert in the semifinals before overcoming nerves in the second set en route to a 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 victory over Montville’s Kirstin Godau in the final.
“I had two main goals coming into the season; to win counties and to reach the final eight at the singles,” Campisi said. “But counties was definitely the bigger of the two. It’s a tournament I’ve wanted to win since my freshman year.”
After staking claim at the top singles player in Morris County, Campisi took her game to a bigger stage at the state singles tournament. There she reached the quarterfinals before falling to Pingry’s Madison Stevens. Along the way, she knocked off Mountain Lakes’ Eckert and Breezy Maravich of Moorestown in the Round of 16.
“I feel very fortunate that I was able to achieve both of my goals this season,” said Campisi. “Getting to the final eight at the singles tournament was something I had wanted to do last year so it was great to finally get there.”
The breakdown of Campisi’s three varsity seasons saw her post a 23-1 overall record at second singles as a freshman while claiming the MCT second singles title. As a sophomore playing first singles, she finished at 15-1, losing only to Caroline Greydak of Pequannock in the MCT finals. Of her 21 victories this season, 17 came against Morris County opponents, 16 in straight sets.
Campisi is currently ranked 25th in the Eastern USTA Girls 18s. She had won six Level 1 Eastern USTA 18s tournament in 2012.
In November, Campisi signed a letter of intent to play collegiate tennis at Division I Lehigh University, becoming the school’s first women’s tennis player to receive a scholarship.
“Getting the scholarship and playing at the Division 1 level adds a little pressure,” admits Campisi. “I want to be an impact player and help the team right away so there really is no time off. I can’t wait to get started.”