LIVINGSTON, NJ – Boys tennis star Michael Sun, ranked first in the state and No. 31 nationally, has been named Livingston Athlete of the Week for his accomplishments in the 2018 season.

Having only played for Livingston during his senior year, his national recognition is even more impressive. Although he was out for two-and-a-half weeks due a fractured rib, Sun has made tennis a staple in his life and made his own mark on the Livingston High School tennis program.

Some highlights from his senior season include five matches where he swept his opponents, 6-0, and his 13-0 record in team matches. Sun, whose goal for the season was “to win the state championship,” helped lead his team to winning the North 1, Group 4 section title.

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Sun’s favorite part of playing high school tennis has been “bonding with [his] teammates and learning how to adapt to the team atmosphere,” he said. He added that it was a hard adjustment initially, but that the team and coaches helped to make it enjoyable.

“I’m happy I played this season at Livingston High School and I am sad it ended with an injury, but I will always remember the memories I made,” said Sun, who will play tennis at Yale University next year.  

Last month, Sun was one of three LHS athletes to be named an “Athlete of the Year” at the 60th Essex Awards dinner banquet presented by the Men of Essex at Cedar Hill Golf and Country Club.

He, along with volleyball’s Jacob Siwek and bowling’s Michael Liu, was among a class of more than 45 of Essex County’s “best and brightest athlete scholars” representing public, private and parochial high schools who were honored for their outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements.

The Essex Award, an annual rite of spring in Essex County Scholastic circles, bestows highest distinction upon the leading scholar-athletes and athletes representing Essex County’s public, private and parochial high schools. Presented by the Men of Essex, Inc., the Essex Awards Dinner has become recognized statewide as a prestige salute to the “best and brightest” for the past 59 years.

More than 200 guests were in attendance at the Essex Awards Dinner, including educators, parents, coaches and a loyal following of avid supporters.

“I’m honored to receive such a prestigious award, and I could not have done it without help from my teammates,” said Sun.

In moving on to Yale, Sun said his new goals are to “make the NCAA championships individually and with the team.”

“Also, I am looking forward to working with my new teammates and coaches, who have already made me feel like a part of their family,” he said.

Sun said he is hoping for a quick and easy recovery, and to get back in the game as soon as possible.

Sarah Haber is a Livingston High School student participating in the TAPinto Livingston internship program.