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August 26, 2009 > Tennis ace anxious for the season

Tennis ace anxious for the season

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Tennis players should be aware that Katie Le is back to defend her Central Coast Section title. The Trojans' tennis ace swept through her competition last season with a 33-0 record. It was the first for Milpitas High tennis and looks to be the first of two for Le if she continues on her pace in her illustrious career at Milpitas.

The very modest student-athlete started the sport at the tender age of 8 but didn't take the sport seriously until she was 14. Now only 17 and three years of serious tennis playing under her belt, Le leaves an impression of quiet strength with every stroke she serves.

A very unassuming stature, Le does not have a particular ritual or habit that kept her streak alive last season.

"I don't do anything special or different before a match. But, my team and coaches really help me on my fundamentals," Le said. Milpitas coach Thien Hua and Dong Pham have helped Le and her teammates to an El Camino Division Championship in 2008.

Le's most notable of teammates was Jamie Pawid. Pawid, a junior at Castro Valley, was named as the best player in the East Bay. The two young ladies teamed up to be one of the most dynamic duos in the nation this summer at a United States Junior National Tournament. They placed third amongst the nation's best. "We are like best friends, tennis-wise. It's pretty even when we play. We each have beaten one another at least once," Le said.

Pawid is left-handed and Le is right, which makes for a very interesting mix of talent. "Jamie is really good at volleying and I'm good at the back baseline, so it makes returning the ball really fun," Le stated.

Unfortunately, the two play in separate sections. Le is in the Central Coast ant Pawid in the North Coast. Currently, there is not a state tournament for girls tennis. If there was, both Le and Pawid would be seeded as on the best.

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