COLUMBIA — After Hickman senior Daniel Shyu won third place in the Class 2, District 9 doubles tournament with Junyi Wu, head coach Andy Materer congratulated the senior.
He shook Shyu’s hand and told him, “You are a shining example of what a Kewpie is.”
Shyu played his last high school match Saturday. He lost in the semifinals against eventual champions Rohit Rao and Jacob Winton of Rock Bridge. Shyu and Wu defeated Jefferson City’s David Steinmeyer and Isaac Rolling 9-7 to earn a third place medal.
“It’s bittersweet and there are mixed emotions right now,” Shyu said after the third place win. “I only started playing tennis a year before ninth grade and from then on I put a lot time and effort into it.”
Shyu is a quiet leader and leads by example, according to Materer. He is part of student government, science Olympiad and the math team at Hickman.
“He epitomizes what it is to be a high school athlete,” Materer said. “Playing high school tennis complements everything he did in school. He showed all the players on the team you could use your will and determination to overachieve.”
Wu was Shyu’s doubles partners for two years and said he learned a lot from the Shyu.
“We really built a connection through tennis,” Wu said. “I feel that he has taught me almost every aspect of the game and to keep on fighting for every point.”
Shyu scored a maximum score of 36 on the ACT and will attend Purdue in the fall to study biochemical engineering.
“It’s perfect that he got a third-place medal,” Materer said. “He improved every year as a player and it’s a fitting end to his career as an athlete at Hickman.”
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