Madison Stevens lives in Chester, but the tennis court is her home this week.
On Saturday the Pingry School senior added another match to her already full docket, winning her state singles quarterfinal with a 6-1, 6-3 verdict over Moorestown Friends’ Grace Kim.
Stevens, the third seed, will face second-seeded Valerie Shklover of Fair Lawn in Sunday’s semifinal 11 a.m. at Mercer County Park.
Then she’ll be back in action Monday when Pingry plays host to Bishop Eustace in the NJSIAA Non-Public A South final.
“If it wasn’t for a rainout (Thursday), I would have had a match Monday through Sunday this week,” Stevens said. “But I like it. I’m having fun, my team’s doing well and it’s nice to add on with individual stuff.”
Stevens dealt with a bit of a curve ball Saturday when her match against Kim was halted mid-stream and moved to another court.
“There were a lot of leaves on the court and it was a little slippery,” she said. “I had to do a little more adjusting.”
Last fall Stevens advanced to the NJSIAA singles semifinals before falling. This year she is looking to take the next step.
“My freshman year I didn’t even get into states,” she said. “Each year I’ve been improving, but since I’m a senior I definitely would like to do as best as I can.”
True to form, though, Stevens has team goals first and foremost. Pingry is seeking its third straight sectional title and second consecutive Non-Public A crown.
“Our main goal is to get far in the Tournament of Champions,” she said. “I don’t want to look too far ahead, but that’s definitely the goal we’re working toward.”