The Oracle

Filed under SPORTS

Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

Seventh+graders+Audrey+and+Annabelle+Chang+follow+through+after+hitting+a+forehand.+This+season%2C+40+middle+schoolers+tried+out+for+the+tennis+team.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

Seventh graders Audrey and Annabelle Chang follow through after hitting a forehand. This season, 40 middle schoolers tried out for the tennis team.

Seventh graders Audrey and Annabelle Chang follow through after hitting a forehand. This season, 40 middle schoolers tried out for the tennis team.

Photo credit: Audrey Chen

Seventh graders Audrey and Annabelle Chang follow through after hitting a forehand. This season, 40 middle schoolers tried out for the tennis team.

Photo credit: Audrey Chen

Photo credit: Audrey Chen

Seventh graders Audrey and Annabelle Chang follow through after hitting a forehand. This season, 40 middle schoolers tried out for the tennis team.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






With 40 students trying out, 22 positions and only two courts to practice, the Athletics Department made cuts to the middle school tennis team for the first time ever. At the end of tryouts, two teams were created: the Purple Team and the Green Team.

The captains of the Purple Team are Delara Tehranchi and Rose Sarner, while the captains of the Green Team are Zoe Woolenberg and Noor Afshar. The Oracle sat down with the captains to discuss their goals for the season and the teams.

What initially drew you to tennis?

Zoe Woolenberg [ZW]: I really love playing after school. I think it’s a great outlet to just play and be free and be myself and exert a lot of energy.

Rose Sarner [RS]: My parents and whole family, basically, have been playing tennis for a while now, and I started taking lessons when I was younger. I really liked how it’s a team sport and although you play singles, you’re also working with the team.

What do you love about playing tennis?

Delara Tehranchi [DT]: I just love being able to play on a team. I feel like being able to play individuals is really fun, but also just knowing that you’re benefiting a larger group of people is really fun. I also love the bonding experience. Especially at Archer, we’ve grown a big connection in the Archer tennis team.

Noor Afshar [NA]: I’ve been playing tennis for a long time — since I was two years old. My whole family is a big tennis-playing family, and so I loved to go play with my family on the weekends and after school, and I grew a relationship with tennis really fast. I love how it’s a team and you’re not always just playing by yourself. There’s always going to be people there for you. 

How did you feel when you learned you would be a captain?

[DT]: I was really, really excited. I was a captain last year too, and it’s a role that is really special to me because I never really had this opportunity to have this kind of position and be a leader in this way. I get to bring the team closer and it’s just a really fun experience.

[ZW]: It gives me the chance to be a leader and bring smiles towards the other girls’ faces and just really give a positive attitude towards the community during the matches and really cheer everyone on and be supportive.

What are your goals for the team this year?

[RS]: My goals are as captain to bring the team closer together and really use it as an outlet. If you have any trouble or any questions, it’s a safe place, so you can go to your team.

[NA]: As a captain, I genuinely want the team to be closer together, and I want everyone to have a nice, kind and fun environment. We also want to come in first and win the games and really show the other teams that we know what we’re doing.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Chloe Richards, Staff Writer

Chloe Richards joined the Oracle as a Staff Writer in the 2018. She is on the Varsity Tennis Team at Archer, is in the Upper School Choir and participates...

Leave a Comment

As members of Archer’s active and engaged community, the Oracle welcomes reader comments and debate. We encourage community members to take ownership of their opinions by using their names when commenting. However, in order to ensure a diverse range of opinions, we do allow anonymous comments as long as they are respectful, relevant, and abide by Archer’s Responsible Use Policy. Comments are moderated, but not edited, and will appear once approved.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    New Team Captains: After Lennon’s departure, coaches Mathis, Smith serve as acting Athletic Directors

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Rainy middle school soccer season ends, leaving team ‘close-knit’

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Varsity basketball team finishes season of ‘caring,’ ‘friendship’

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Q&A with 2018-2019 swim team captains: Hannah Park, Juliet Youssef

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Varsity soccer wins first two games of playoffs, reflects on season

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Middle school basketball team ‘supportive’ community, captains say

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Super Bowl LIII: Students react to New England win

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Varsity soccer defeats Milken 5-0, wins Liberty League title

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Senior Night: Varsity basketball plays last game of season

  • Q&A with middle school tennis captains: Delara Tehranchi, Rose Sarner, Zoe Woolenberg, Noor Afshar

    SPORTS

    Q&A with senior soccer captains: Jenna Marks, Ruby Colby

Navigate Right
The student news site of The Archer School for Girls