Folsom Athlete of the Week: Joewe LowBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Joewe Low is a four-year varsity tennis player at Vista del Lago who wrapped up in career in style last week.
Playing at No. 4 singles, Low helped his team win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV section championship with an 8-1 win over Central Catholic. Low, a team captain, won his match 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) to secure the team’s fifth win and thereby section title, the first for the Vista boys’ tennis team.
The right-handed player has played all over the lineup during his four years. After playing number-two and three singles as a freshman, Low was the team’s top singles player as a sophomore. Last season, he played No. 3 singles, which is where he played most of the year this season before moving to number-four singles for the postseason. He finished the year with a 9-4 record, two of those losses coming at No. 1 singles.
“Joewe is a tenacious competitor who never gives up,” Vista coach Marc Erwin said. “I’ve seen him on the court with kids far more talented than him, but because of his drive and desire, Joewe somehow pulls out the match. He’s able to out-think his opponent. He finds their weakness and then exploits it. He may fall behind, but he’s always trying to solve the riddle.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after graduation?
Joewe Low: I plan to major in Computer Science at UC Riverside.
FT: How long have you been playing tennis and how did you get your start in it?
JL: I started taking lessons when I was around 8, at my parents suggestion. They were highly supportive when I showed interest, and I started entering tournaments about two years later.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
JL: Definitely! Both of my parents are active tennis players, along with my two sisters who started learning when they were young, like me.
FT: What do you like best about tennis?
JL: I love the fact that I feel very in control as a player. Although I also like team sports, I feel like I have more freedom in tennis. I can control the pace of the match, and change my strategy at any point.
FT: How has your season gone? What was your normal spot in the lineup? How do you feel you played?
JL: I'm happy with how my season went. I played at positions three and four throughout the year, and I would say I consistently played my best at every match.
FT: At the start of the season, did you think the team had a shot at a section title? When did you start believing? What was the key to your team’s success?
JL: Although my team hadn't won a playoff match before, I started this season feeling very optimistic. We were stronger than ever, and I knew we had a good shot at the section title. I'd say the combination of newcomer senior and freshmen talent cemented our victory.
FT: How would you describe your tennis style? What kind of game do you play?
JL: I would describe my style as trying to win a war of attrition. I am usually very consistent, and often frustrate or tire-out my opponent with long, but fast-paced rallies. I also like to mix it up with occasional net approaches or drop shots.
FT: Have you ever been involved in any other sports?
JL: Yep, when I was younger I played on recreational basketball and soccer teams. I had a lot of fun but eventually focused more on competitive tennis.
FT: What is your favorite class in school and why?
JL: I'd have to say orchestra. It's nice to take a break from mentally-taxing classes to just be creative and play music with friends.
FT: Favorite food?
JL: That's a tough one for me. I absolutely love the street food from Malaysia. I would also never say no to a Double-Double from In-N-Out!
FT: Favorite music?
JL: I mainly listen to alt rock—my favorite bands include Radiohead and Franz Ferdinand. But I listen to many other genres too, including pop and hip hop.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
JL: Yes, I have a dog named Yuki. He's a 3-year-old poodle mix who's always full of energy and loves meeting new people.
FT: Do you have any hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
JL: I spend much of my free time practicing a very competitive video game called Melee. Much like tennis, I love going to Melee tournaments and applying what I practiced—seeing improvement is super satisfying.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/career are you interested in?
JL: I plan to obtain a degree in Computer Science, and hopefully become a software developer for a tech company.