Girls Tennis: Pressure? Not this year for Marian Catholic’s Gaby Rosales
The pressure is off.
Let the fun continue.
Marian Catholic senior Gaby Rosales has developed into the top tennis player in the Southland, thanks to a rich history of success in the state tournament the past three seasons. That included last year’s sixth-place finish at state.
For this season, Rosales is not putting pressure on herself, even though she’s a target every time she steps on the court.
The way she sees it, the minute she decided about college a few weeks ago, the pressure was off. Rosales gave a verbal commitment to the University of Richmond and she is playing out the rest of her high school career with a different mind-set.
“Because I already committed to college, I’m actually just trying to have fun this year,” she said. “I don’t want to say that anything I do this year doesn’t matter; it matters. But I’m just trying to have fun.’’
She joked about why she loves the sport.
“I feel that if I didn’t play it, I would be really fat because I love to eat,” she said. “I like getting the exercise. I have a lot of friends who play tennis. It’s fun seeing them.
“I just like if more than basketball or other sports because of the strategy. It’s exciting.”
She’s been feasting on opponents throughout her high school career, including impressive showings in the postseason that includes two sectional singles titles.
As a freshman, Rosales breezed through the first two rounds at state before dropping a three-set battle to Buffalo Grove’s Nell Boyd, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Rosales split her next two matches to finish 3-2 her first time at state.
In 2011, she again sailed through the first two rounds but fell 6-1, 6-3 to Hinsdale Central’s Tiffany Chen. Any chance of piling up a couple of more wins, however, were washed away by rain, which wiped out consolation play.
A season ago, Rosales won four straight matches before she was stopped by Lyons’ Alex Chatt. She won two consolation-bracket matches before being stopped in the fifth-place match.
This year, the Spartans are treading around the .500 mark but Rosales and No. 2 singles player Giselle Beebe have been piling up victories.
Rosales plans on signing a National Letter of Intent with Richmond in November.
The Spiders finished fourth in the Atlantic 10 last season and feature a roster with players from Spain, Australia, Israel, Turkey and Mexico.
“I was looking for a business school, and I think it’s a top 20 school,” she said. “We found this school and I took a trip there and it’s a really nice school. I am hoping to go into accounting. I like numbers. I don’t know why, but I find it so fun.’’