Glenbard East freshman tennis player Priscilla Palermo hasn’t taken long to prove herself against high school competition. Palermo has anchored the Rams’ lineup from the No. 1 singles spot all season and was dominant at the Downers Grove South sectional. She didn't drop a set en route to the title in the singles draw.
She has been playing tennis since age five and has competed in USTA tournaments since age 10, even qualifying for national tournaments. Palermo, the Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, spoke with sports reporter Dan Santaromita about her successful season.
Update: Palermo was defeated in the third round of the main draw at state on Thursday, but won three consolation matches on Friday before falling in the seventh consolation round. Palermo finished 5-2 at state and placed in the top 16.
What does qualifying for state mean to you?
It was a big accomplishment for me. It was big for the team, too. They all supported me.
What were your expectations heading into the sectional meet?
I just thought I should play my game and be confident. I’m confident in my abilities.
After playing prestigious USTA tournaments, what did you expect out of high school tennis?
I didn’t really know. I had gone to one of their meets, but I didn’t really know what to expect. The girls are great though.
What’s are the differences between playing USTA and high school?
USTA is more intense. Everybody is more into it. The level is higher. I like high school more though. It’s more fun. The girls are fun to be around and playing tennis is my favorite thing to do.