This week’s Athlete of the Week is Jordan Thomas ’24 from the varsity girls’ tennis and the varsity field hockey teams. Jordan has played tennis for the Trojans for the last three years and, starting this season, she now doubles up in the fall and plays varsity field hockey as well!
Last week, Jordan played a truly outstanding week of tennis against some very tough competition. She used her mastery of the tennis triad—spin, placement, and power—to win all three of her individual singles matches. On Monday, Sept. 27, Jordan dominated the first-seeded player from Saint Gertrude’s for a 10-1 victory. She then continued the week with two more convincing straight set wins against very skilled TCIS opponents, Norfolk Academy and Cape Henry.
With the season nearly at the halfway mark and with three outstanding TCIS wins, Jordan is in good shape to earn a spot atop the TCIS tennis tournament bracket.
“There is no doubt that she will continue to build on this week’s success with hard work, consistency, and determination," coach Erik Wright said.
Not only has Jordan shined in her familiar setting on the tennis courts, but she took on an additional challenge this fall by trying out for field hockey for the first time. Despite having to split her practice time between the two sports, Jordan has immediately made a huge impact as a standout defensive player for the Trojans’ varsity field hockey team. Her skills and playmaking ability have been a big part of the Trojans’ 7-1 start to the season which has earned them the #3 ranking in the VISAA Division II poll.
Trojans’ field hockey coach Emily Mauk spoke glowingly about Jordan and her commitment to two teams this fall.
“Jordan’s enthusiasm for and dedication to both field hockey and tennis deserve to be recognized. Jordan always has a positive attitude and goes the extra mile to do best for both teams. Juggling one varsity level team can be taxing on a person, yet Jordan handles having starting positions on two varsity level teams with grace and composure. Jordan balances the two busy team schedules well. She communicates her schedule with her coaches routinely and is really maximizing her time with both teams. Her dedication to her sports and teammates is outstanding. Jordan leads by example, never complains, works hard, and is eager strive for excellence in everything that she does.”
Jordan will return to the courts this week as she and the rest of the varsity girls’ tennis team will face off against Norfolk Christian and Peninsula Catholic in two more TCIS matches.
Congratulations Jordan, and Go Trojans!