Quaker Valley athlete of the week: Potter Oliver

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 4:20 PM

Potter Oliver

School: Quaker Valley

Sport: Boys tennis

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: Quaker Valley was one win away from being the WPIAL champions, but senior tennis player Potter Oliver believes the team could overcome its underdog status heading into the PIAA tournament.

The Quakers rebounded one day later by winning the MAC tournament, and Oliver won a gold medal in third singles. On Monday, they defeated Juniata to advance to the PIAA quarterfinals this weekend in Hershey.

Who inspired you to play tennis?

My first coach was my current coach now, Christi Hays. My passion for it continued grow and grow to where it is now. And I hope to continue in college and maybe even more.

You won gold in third singles competition at the MAC tournament. How did you feel winning that finals match?

To put it every bluntly, it was not really a pretty match. It wasn’t that I played poorly, but I made a few mistakes that I overcame to win. I felt that winning that is a big deal, because in MACs it’s not just double-A teams. There are some triple-Ateams, too. It was a tough tournament.

You and Will Sirianni lost an intra-squad match for the WPIAL doubles championship. What was it like facing teammates Zach Albert and John Watters for the title?

Facing our teammates for the championship was very interesting for a number of reasons. One reason is in the section title, we played them in the finals and lost then. We wanted to get a measure of revenge, but playing against them is always interesting. Another reason is you kind of know their skillset and kind of know what they’re going to do. For any given shot or point, you know what’s coming.

How proud are you of this team for having so much success?

I would say that I am very proud of the team. I feel that we can continue to grow and improve as most of the current players are very young. We have a lot of talented freshman and sophomores, so they’ll keeping growing every year.

What would it mean to you to win a PIAA championship?

It would mean a lot, because the last time QV won states was 2003. We’ve been trying to get back to that level, and I feel with players we have now we have a good chance and in the coming years.

If you could play against one professional tennis player, who would it be?

The one would be Rafael Nadal. I would say that, because he is my favorite tennis players and I feel like with him it could be a very fun challenge. He could test my abilities. I’d lose, but it’s more important to have fun.