Acing It

Acing It

Lexi Daniello, Crown Staff

Throughout his four years at Marian, found himself returning to the tennis program every year. Hufman became more and more serious about the sport and all that it has to offer the more he played. Starting from when he was five, Hufman enjoyed the strategy that tennis required. “Without focus,” Hufman says, “it’s nearly impossible to be successful in a match.” Among the technique and practice of focus, a strong team support system, greatly helps a player to be successful. Marian’s tennis team found several opportunities to make a serious, focus-driven sport light-hearted by joking with each other and having a good time as team in moments of downtime, as he says “The team has too many jokes to name, we really enjoyed just hanging out and having a good time when we weren’t in a match. It was always reassuring to know that I had the support of my team when a match wasn’t going well.” In particular, Hufman notes Mitchell Fernandez as one of his main mentors through his career, “He never gave up no matter what the score was”. He used Fernandez as an example during a specific match his sophomore year, “I was down zero to four and my opponent was very confident he’d win,” Hufman remembers, “I began to win points and his frustration made him make mistakes. I ended up winning seven to five”. Whether playing ping pong, taking honors and AP classes, or hanging out with friends, Max Hufman contributes his ability to remain calm and focused to his many days spent on the tennis court and hopes to continue tennis as a lifelong sport. He will be missed at Marian but will surely make a difference at University of Miami Florida this fall.