Athlete Of The Week: Vivian Kutheis


Lucy Waldermer

During the fall sports season, Vivian Kutheis, sophomore, is busy dealing with hard classes and piles of school work along with tennis, something that has been a part of her life for nearly seven years.

Kutheis has been on the varsity tennis team both years at KHS where she has been able to fit right in with the upperclassmen.

“Tennis is one of those sports where it doesn’t matter how old you are or what grade you are in; you can be on varsity,” Kutheis said.

Though tennis is her top priority, Kutheis said she devotes numerous hours each day to homework and studying.

“At the beginning of the year, when I am getting a lot of homework and I have tennis every single night, which goes late, I often get stressed,” Kutheis said. “But I just do what I have to do to get it done, and there are other priorities that I don’t get to, because that is my number one.”

Despite being a sophomore on varsity, Kutheis has been able to step up and bring leadership to the team through her actions and voice.

“I think I bring a lot of consistency and hard work and commitment that a lot of people look up to,” Kutheis said.

Varsity coach, Nick Jannette, agrees Kutheis is a player who works hard and leads the team, even though she is two years younger than most.

“She is always very focused and super competitive, and that is how I want everybody to play on the team: to never give up and to be focused at every point,” Jannette said. “She has always been mature, but she has really become a hard-working, polite, professional young lady.”

For Kutheis, the latest season was a big hit as she got third in districts against Oakville and went 14-1 in her regular season.

“A couple weeks ago she was the only one on varsity who won against Lafayette and it was in the third set tiebreaker and she fought in a long two match to win,” Jannette said. “It was really cool for her to win and in the way she did.”

According to Vivian, tennis is a sport that takes a lot of practice and work but the best part is that feeling of contentment after winning a match.

“Winning. That is my favorite part about tennis,” Kutheis said.