VND spotlight athletes: Margo Corsetti, Victor Nelson
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Report card: For the second straight year, Corsetti will be competing in the WPIAL Class AA singles tournament, which begins Wednesday at Keystone Oaks. She finished second in the Section 3-AA tournament last week. She won the 3-AA doubles title last season with teammate Becca Kern.
Springdale began using renovated off-campus tennis courts last season, giving the program home matches for the first time since 1993. How good does it feel playing on the new courts and knowing you won't be traveling as much?
It's definitely really cool, especially since I've been with the team when we had the old courts. With the new courts it's better for practice and playing with the same court I'll be competing on. When I do go down to practice with my friends it's a nice facility to practice off-season as well.
Here's the scenario: It's the final set, and you're serving for the match point. How much pressure is there?
It's actually not a whole of pressure. Just the whole time I'm playing each point as it comes and trying to stay focused. It's a really cool opportunity and I'm playing the match as best as I can and I enjoy it.
You're also in the band. How hard is it to juggle time between all your activities?
There is some overlap. Both the band director and my coach are generous about giving us time. They know I'm committed to both activities and are gracious in balancing both. They make it easier to manage all three.
How much conditioning do you do to prepare for the season?
We start in the summer. We do a lot of practicing forehands. and backhands before the season and we will do a lot of different warm up games. There isn't too much running.
While in a match, is there a mental game going on with your opponent? Also, how mentally tough do you have to be?
Tennis is a huge mental game. It's a lot of anticipating what your opponent is going to do next. You have to anticipate where they will place the ball. If you're down in the game, you're batting against your opponent, and yourself to stay mentally strong, and stay positive and hopefully get back in the match.
Are there any schools recruiting you for tennis?
I've had a visit from La Roche. They visited my teammate Becca Kearn and I at the section singles tournament.
— D.J. Vasil
Report Card: Nelson is a forward, four-year starter and team captain for the Golden Rams. He leads Highlands in goals, with eight, and has netted two hat tricks this season.
How do you prepare for a game?
I like peace and quiet, a nice relaxing environment. I don't get too edgy, and just try to keep calm.
Do you change your approach during a game after scoring twice?
I love scoring hat tricks. I'm twice as determined after getting the first two.
Do you have a signature goal celebration?
Yes, I like to point to the crowd. I wish I could slide on my knees as the rest of the team rushes me. But I wouldn't do it in high school, I'd get cut up by the fields.
How has becoming a team captain changed your approach this year?
I have a lot more say now, and I get a lot more respect. I think proved myself physically during conditioning, and I try to lead by example.
— Alex Novickoff
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