Senior Spotlight: Naomi Katz

Naomi Katz, a devoted student athlete, attends to her studies during the day and plays on the courts in the afternoons.

Katz joined the team as a freshman and has achieved various accomplishments throughout four years. As a freshman, Katz played doubles with her brother Jordan Katz and placed 3rd in regionals. As a sophomore, Katz placed 1st at the Midland tournament. Katz has become a fundamental member of the varsity team.

“We have had a great memory watching our kids play tennis through Coronado starting with our oldest Ethan, then Jordan and then Naomi,” said Naomi’s mother Ruth Katz.

Katz has played in various national tournaments, outside of school tennis, and has proved herself time and time again. Katz placed first in the Southwest Section Closed Tournament, competing against the top 32 girls in the southwest section. She also has been an undefeated district player since 2019.

In this year’s UIL 6A Girls’ Singles Tennis Tournament Katz placed second in the state. Katz competed against various competitors around the state and came in second to MiaAngelina Ruja from Bowie High School in Austin, Texas.

“Winning second in state validated all my hard work,” Katz said. “I began to see how far my dedication could take me.”

Katz visited schools, such as the University of Richmond, and considered playing on a number of Division I teams. Katz was given a variety of options to continue her academic and extracurricular pursuits.

Katz took a trip to Georgetown in Washington D.C. in September. Katz received a phone call from Georgetown coach Freddy Mesmer on Sept. 20. Mesmer offered Katz a spot on the Division I girls’ tennis team. The environment of the school and the connection Katz made with the girls on the team led Katz to take the offer with open hands.

“It was almost as if Georgetown chose me. It has a campus feel while still offering the endless opportunities in D.C.,” Katz said. “Most importantly, when I met the team, I felt so welcomed and integrated.”

At Georgetown, Katz hopes to continue her academic and athletic career as well as develop her extracurricular interests. As Student Executive President, Katz takes interest in being involved in school government and clubs. Katz hopes to continue to be involved in clubs and activities that give her a sense of community in D.C.