It’s not uncommon to have an athlete come back from an injury. But Milburn High School tennis standout Sydney Zirlin roared back from a torn ACL (in December 2015) to place her highest ever in the state singles tournament and make third team All-State.
She, along with fellow seniors Stephanie Schrage and Isabella Wuang, was instrumental in leading Millburn to 100 straight wins and the state championship. Sydney’s team has been undefeated since Oct. 24, 2012.
Sydney credited training at The ANNEX, working with coach Mickey Brueckner, for helping her regain her confidence after suffering what could have been a career-ending knee injury.
“My surgery took a large toll on my tennis career,” Sydney said. “I think I was able to recover relatively quickly because I devoted a lot of time to doing leg exercises, playing tennis sitting down, and training at the Annex. I had really great coaches who made special drills for me and kept me going when I got discouraged.”
Her surgeon, Dr. Michael Shindle, recommended the Annex to help her during her recovery. For six months, Sydney couldn’t do any physical activity after her surgery. Over time she was able to regain her strength and agility.
“The Annex provided a fun environment where I could ignore the pain in my leg and stay motivated,” she said.
The senior, who excels at math, was undecided about college at the time of the interview. She plans to major in engineering.
“I am unsure where my tennis will go in the future, but I will always continue playing,” said Sydney.