Freshman already a leader for Mustangs tennis

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As just a freshman this past school year, Madison Cleff was already a leader on the Grapevine tennis squad.

Cleff won a district championship for the Mustangs tennis team in girls singles and advanced to region, and coach Angel Martinez said she brings a lot to the table.

“Her work ethic and how serious and passionate she is about the game all make her a great player,” Martinez said. “She has a fighting spirit on the court and she has a dedication that is just kind of unusual because she is just a freshman.”

Cleff said that she sees her role on the team as both a leader and a good teammate at the same time.

“I try to be really supportive of my teammates,” Cleff said. “I am pretty high-energy, and I try to work hard and have a good work ethic.”

Cleff said she believes Grapevine had a strong season in both the fall and spring.

“I think our team did very well in both seasons, and it was great to be with everyone,” Cleff said. “I feel like everyone put in a huge amount of effort to get where we are, and I am really proud that we were able to win district. I think we will do even better next year.”

Cleff said advancing to the regional tournament was a great experience for her as well.

“It was so much fun to be with my teammates,” Cleff said. “It is really a great bonding experience and we had a blast while we were there.”

Cleff said her objectives for next season are to continue to improve on what the team has achieved.

“We want to do better than this year and hopefully get past regionals and onto state,” Cleff said. “I feel like we are very close to doing that, and it will just take a little bit more training and hard work, but I do feel we are pretty close.”

Martinez said he will rely on Cleff to help provide leadership in the coming years and said the thing that probably impresses him most about his girls singles player is her desire to be the best.

“She has a drive for perfection,” Martinez said. “Nothing is ever good enough for her in her game. I could never be her strongest critic. She leads by example, she is always looking for ways to improve, and she will always be her biggest critic.”

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