When Madison Stevens committed to Cornell University back in September, her Pingry girls tennis team was 5-1 with goals left to be accomplished.
Stevens, a senior, had just won her second consecutive Somerset County first singles title, but with her future plans now set, Stevens could focus on her final high school season.
“I think coming into this season I knew it was my senior year,” said Stevens, “not only did I want to have accomplishments individually but I wanted the team championship as well.”
Stevens would accomplish all of those things, as Pingry would finish the season as one of the more successful teams in the area.
Stevens is the 2013 Courier News girls tennis Player of the Year.
“We had a really strong season this year,” said Stevens, “we won our state sectional championship and Non-Public A, which is a really big accomplishment and we won counties for the first time in 20 years.”
Pingry head coach John Diaz knows he is losing a special player, but Stevens’ efforts on and off the court is what Diaz will remember the most.
“Madison’s future is bright and full of opportunities and I’m sure she will accomplish everything she’ll set her mind to,” said Diaz, “it was an absolute honor to have her on the team.”
For Stevens, her senior season was much more then just tennis. She was looking to make memories on and off the court that she will remember as she moves forward.
“This year was more about making memories,” said Stevens, “the little things like going to Five Guys after matches stuck out to the me the most, and that’s what I’ll remember the most.”
As her senior season has come to a close, Stevens can now look forward to the future, as she will take her talents to Cornell next year.
The first singles star will look to make an impact right away, but as an incoming freshman, Stevens will also look to learn from her new teammates.
“At Pingry I was first singles all four years so I was the top player on the team,” said Stevens, “At Cornell it’s a different environment because I’m going to have to work my way up and respect senior leadership. It’s a place to get better and get close with the team as well.”
Stevens will be looking to make the starting lineup at Cornell, and the Ivy League university will be getting an incoming freshman eager to make an impact right away.
Regardless of future goals, Stevens will always remember her time at Pingry, and the memories she was able to create in her four years at the school.
“It’s been really nice to represent Pingry for the past four years and I will miss it, but hopefully the underclassmen and the team will carry on our winning tradition.”