CEDAR GROVE, NJ – Though she only picked up the sport as a freshman, Haley Diess is a key part of the Cedar Grove High School tennis team.  Winning four of her last five matches and serving as a leader of her team, Diess is our TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Panther Athlete of the Week.

 “The season has been going well so far,” Diess noted.  “We are really becoming close as a team.  We encourage each other at every match and everybody is improving.”

“Haley is an essential member of our team.  She is our biggest motivator and cheerleader,” said coach Andrea Watson.  “Haley is always ready to go and lead the team to victory.  She is a determined and steadfast player and always brings a smile to everyone's face!”

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Diess said the biggest challenge for the team is getting back into the groove when tennis season starts.  She noted that all of her teammates are working hard at improving their game. 

Though the season has been challenging for the Panthers, Diess said the team is focused in practice and giving it 100% in every match.  “We want to continue working hard and keep putting the effort in so we can be the best that we can be on the court,” she added.

While it has been a winning season for Cedar Grove tennis, Diess stays positive and said their first win against Orange was a highlight of the season. 

As for her Athlete of the Week selection, Diess said she is proud to have been noticed.  “It feels good because I have been working hard to improve my game,” she said.  “It’s an honor to be recognized.”

Editor's Note: The "Athlete of the Week" is a weekly reoccurring feature story that highlights an individual student-athlete's success. The Cedar Grove High School Athlete of the Week is selected with the assistance of the school's athletic director and coaching staff.