HF-L tennis player has lofty goals
HONEOYE FALLS — Quinn Gleason doesn’t have your average high school kid’s work-ethic.
And she certainly doesn’t have their average goals either.
Quinn is the junior tennis sensation for the Honeoye Falls-Lima Cougars, and she is currently riding a 65-match winning streak in Section V.
“Tennis is a priority for her — it’s her love — it’s her passion,” said HF-L coach Josh Bartolatta. “When she’s not eating or sleeping, she is playing tennis and always striving to become the best she can be.”
Quinn is the reigning two-time AGR Player of the Year, and is also a four-time Class B sectional champion, a two-time Section V champ, and a two-time state meet rep. Last year she finished 24-1 on the season with her lone blemish coming in the state quarterfinals to the eventual state champion.
As a 15 year-old over the summer, Quinn captured Rochester’s version of the U.S. Open as she won the prestigious Rochester District Tennis championships at the Tennis Club of Rochester with a three-set victory over Gananda soon-to-be junior Margarita Kotok.
After dropping the first set 1-6, Gleason dug in her heels and won the next two sets 6-1, 6-1 to win her first District crown.
This fall, Quinn is 9-0 on the season with nearly all of her victories coming at 6-0.
“She is on her own level,” said coach Bartolatta. “I think the thing that separates Quinn from the rest of her competitors is her tremendous work-ethic. In the past, if someone was spending two hours working on their game, Quinn was spending three. If someone spent three, then Quinn would spend four. Her work-ethic and desire to get better is unparalleled.”
She also doesn’t shy away from top competition says Bartolatta.
“She will always play against the guys — she wants to get better,” he said. “As competitive as she is, she knows exactly what it takes to get to the top.”
Currently, Quinn is working at Tennis Club of Rochester with several of the pros in the area including former tennis pro Billy Nealon.
Quinn is also, according to Bartolatta, getting “major, major college attention right now.”
Quinn is not only a standout on the tennis surface, she also gets it done in the classroom where she has a 98 GPA.
“She’s the whole package,” said coach Bartolatta, who played college tennis at St. John Fisher after graduating from Fairport High School. “Another thing that separates Quinn from others is that she doesn’t just want to be a little better than someone — she wants to be way better. She’s a perfectionist.”
Quinn’s number one goal this year is to become state champion when she most certainly competes at the Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius Nov. 6-8.
If Quinn is successful in winning the state title, she would become the first female singles player ever from Section V to do so.
“She’s definitely looking at a one or two seed this year,” said Bartolatta.
Whatever happens — happens says Bartolatta. But one thing’s for sure — it’s gonna be a great ride.
“It truly is a privilege to coach someone with the talent Quinn brings to the table,” he says. “She has worked extremely hard to become the best. There’s no doubt that she can win this thing.”