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Kasten completes career at Johns Hopkins

By MICHAEL GRECO • Jun 9, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Olivia Kasten admitted her time of playing tennis and school at Johns Hopkins went fast.

But the Norwalk graduate is looking forward to her future, while remembering her past.

Kasten is a coach at Norwalk tennis camp this week. She graduated from Johns Hopkins recently with a degree in psychology.

Kasten had individual and team success with Johns Hopkins, located in Baltimore.

The team won a 10th straight Centennial Championship in May. 

They advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive season and made quarterfinal appearances from 2012 to 2014.

“It was definitely exciting,’' said Kasten, who played singles and doubles for the Blue Jays. “It was a challenge not starting. I was used to playing every match.’'

But Kasten went out in style.

In her final match at the JHU courts, she clinched the team win and was named the tournament MVP.

The Blue Jays defeatedWashington College 5-0 in the championship match.

Kasten  defeated Marielle McIntyre 6-0, 6-1 at singles.

“It was exciting,’' said Kasten, who ranks the top 10 in wins in school history. “I got so much better because I was challenged.’'

Kasten said teamwork was important.

“Even though it’s an individual sports, if you don’t have them cheering for you, you can't win,’' she said. “Every point counts as a team.’'

Kasten said she enjoyed playing doubles.

“It just came supernatural, especially being challenged by these girls,’' she said.

But there were challenges adjusting to the college level.

“Trying to work with so many personalities,’' she said. “You try to balance that and keep a good dynamic. We had players who trained at academies and those those who didn’t.’'

Kasten said the team finishing fourth nationally in her sophomore season was a highlight.

“It was definitely a good challenge,’' she said. ‘'Academics is first, then tennis is the next priority. I met some incredible people.’'

Kasten said she has an unofficial offer at Johns Hopkins to be assistant coach.

But she wants to try something else first.

While at Johns Hopkins, Kasten caught the acting bug and is pursuing that dream for a semester in the fall.

“I’m going to an intensive acticing program in Connecticut,’' she said. “I first took an acting class in my junior year. My professor was John Astin, who played Gomez Addams in original ‘Addams Family’ television show (1964 to 1966). He got me going. I’ll see what happens.’'

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