Folsom Athlete of the Week: Sara HowlettBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Vista senior Sara Howlett has helped the tennis team make it to the postseason.
Howlett has played No. 1 doubles most of the season, primarily alongside Taylor Escamilla. She’s posted a 10-3 record in doubles play, while also winning her lone single match on senior day while playing against Casa Roble.
The Eagles finished second in the Capital Athlete League to Rio Americano and opened the Division IV playoffs last week as the No. 2 seed in the tournament behind Los Banos.
“Sara’s had a strong senior season,” Vista coach Marc Erwin said. “She’s really confident out there, and I know I can count on her to stay poised, even in the most stressful situations. As our team captain, Sara is really good at rallying everyone together. She’s a natural leader and really cares about everyone on the team. Sara was disappointed that she couldn’t go on our trip to the Fresno Tournament because she had SATs, but that didn’t stop her from making goody bags for everyone and meeting us before we left to send us off in style.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Sara Howlett: When I graduate, I plan on going to a four-year college and study to be a third or fourth grade teacher. In the far future, I see myself starting a family and settling down somewhere in California.
FT: How long have you been playing tennis and how did you get your
start in it?
SH: I started when I was really young, just to see if I liked it or not. I stuck with soccer and swim for awhile, then I started playing again in seventh grade. I've been playing ever since then.
FT: How do you feel you have played this season? Are you pleased with your performance?
SH: This year has probably been my best year skill-wise. I am very pleased with how hard and accurate I can hit the ball now.
FT: What about the team? How do you feel the team has played this year?
SH: Last year our team was very top heavy, meaning most of our singles players would win, but our doubles were weak. This year we are well rounded and both singles and doubles are strong.
FT: Have you enjoyed being a captain of the team this season? Why?
SH: I have loved being captain this year. I have bonded with all of them even though most are younger than me. They are like family to me, and I love them so much. I am so happy I got to know everyone individually this year.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Vista besides tennis?
SH: This will be my second year in Student Government. I am ASB Publicity, which means I handle all event promotions from flyers, to videos, to social media posts.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
SH: My favorite class right now is Cross fit. I love exercising and pushing myself to new limits. The environment of the class is so supportive and fun.
FT: Favorite Food?
SH: Any type of pasta and salad.
FT: Favorite music?
SH: The artists Khalid and Jon Bellion.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?
SH: Nope never had pets.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in
your free time?
SH: If I’m not doing school-related things or playing tennis, you can find me somewhere with a blanket watching Netflix.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
SH: My coaches both motivate me to be my best and always push forward when falling behind. My parents and other family members are very supportive and are at all of my matches cheering me on. I am so thankful for the supporters in my life.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
SH: I have always wanted to teach. I would like to teach elementary or middle school kids, in either the math or science subjects.