Moder makes mark on girls varsity tennis team
From starting on varsity in freshman year, through playing doubles at WPIALs during sophomore year, and on to qualifying for WPIAL singles this year, junior Gabi Moder has more than proven her aptitude of talent for tennis.
Moder’s tennis career started when she was 6 years old.
“Both my aunt and uncle play, which inspired me to start playing,” she said.
Her early start has helped her make her mark on the school team. She played with senior Emma Overlingas her sophomore year for WPIAL doubles.
“I really enjoyed being able to play doubles with Emma Overlingas last year,” Moder said. “Playing with Emma and the older girls helped me feel more comfortable on the court.”
Besides the athletic accolades, Moder said tennis has given her many opportunities and has allowed her to be a part of a team and make friends.
“I’ve met some of my best friends while playing for the school team. The environment is very positive,” she said.
Junior Alayna Kercher has been playing tennis with Moder since their freshman year. She said Moder has made a huge impact on the team.
“Gabi is the perfect example of hard work and dedication. She doesn’t let anything get in the way of playing,” Kercher said. “She will always ask how your matches went, and even if she loses a hard match, she still has a positive outlook.”
Senior Sophia Kozar agreed.
“She is very determined every time she plays. She’s a powerhouse and strong player overall,” Kozar said. “She leads the team on the court.”
Besides playing for the school team, Moder also takes lessons at Glen Creek Tennis Club. She also works at tennis clinics in the summer.
“Tennis is a huge part of my life. I always practice outside of school practices and I enjoy teaching little kids some of the basics,” Moder said.
Moder said she hopes to further continue her tennis career outside high school.
“Because I’ve been playing tennis for so long, I really want to play at the college level,” she said.
She has put in a lot of effort with tennis but has gained a lot as well.
“Playing tennis has taught me the importance of setting goals and working to achieve them,” Moder said. “It has also taught me the value of having a good support system of friends and family.”