Student Athlete of the Week: Andrew Watson

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For Monticello's Andrew Watson, he thought he left tennis behind until last year when the court was calling his name again.

"Took a four or five year hiatus, played baseball then I got back into it last year, just in March," senior Andrew Watson said, "I really missed the sport."

After growing up playing tennis, as soon as Watson picked the racket up he was at home.

"It's intense, but at the same time it's almost peaceful on the court," Watson said about being back on a tennis court, "It's one-on-one and everyone's cheering, but there's a sense of peace on the court."

"You could tell right away that he loved the game," Monticello boy's tennis coach Paul Shepherd said, "I remember talking with a lot of the UVA varsity players over the past years and one of the things they focused on with younger players was the need for them to have fun, Andrew has kept that in perspective."

When Watson joined the team as a junior, the Mustangs were coming off back-to-back winless seasons and had a small team.

"[Andrew] kind of young man who made other kids want to come out and play because when I came on we really only had two guys on the team," Shepherd said, "Andrew joined and I think that encouraged other guys to come out."

"Just every week I'd go just see a freshman in the hallway, 'Hey man come out for tennis'," Watson said, "All my friends, I just tried to get everyone out here."

The team went from two players to 19 and even their record improved to 8-8. All while Andrew came into his own on the court becoming only the second player in school history to get a chance to play in college.

"His record speaks for itself, the fact that he's going to be at Mary Washington," Shepherd said, "But what's hard to see is everyday what he sets as an example on the court for younger players."

"I hope I can almost set the road for other people to follow, like we've got a lot of great freshmen on the team," Watson said, "I hope they can almost follow in my foot steps."



 
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