Matoaca High School senior Chewon Kim was a big part of the Warriors’ dominance in tennis south of the river over the past few years.
In 2019, Kim had a near-perfect 12-1 record and a 4.1 grade point average. For those performances, he has been named Village News boys tennis Player of the Year.
“Chewon was by far the best player on our team,” coach Matt Ramirez said. “He’s potentially the best player Matoaca has ever had.”
A captain his junior and senior seasons, Kim’s cool and calm attitude served him well on and off the tennis court.
“Chewon has a low-key approach to tennis,” Ramirez said. “He is very quiet and humble on the court. When he is playing, he stays focused on winning and does not let emotions get away from him. That allowed him to help our team get better … and also helped him lead us to the semifinals of the regional tournament.”
Kim’s sparkling record resulted in him being the No. 2 seed in the regional tournament, which gave him a first-round bye.
Kim and his doubles partner, Ian Thornbrugh, earned a No. 3 seed in the regional tournament. Although they lost in the second round, a highlight of the season was sweeping rival Thomas Dale.
Kim earned team Most Valuable Player honors twice during his high school career and only lost five total matches in his career. Ramirez called Kim the “quiet heart of the team.”
He plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall.