This year the girls tennis team had 19 girls. Each of these girls were very important to the team, and learned many great skills.
Varsity, which is made up of the top seven players, played very well this year. When they went to region they had a team score of 6-1. The first singles player, Emily Sanders – Sophomore, had an individual score of 7-0. Second singles, Traci Hoggard – Senior, and third singles, Kassie Banks – Senior, both had individual scores of 6-1. First doubles, Jaymee Carter – Junior, and Emily Anderson – Sophomore, had a score of 5-2, and second doubles, Kimberely LeBaron – Junior, and Katelyn Tolbert – Freshman, had a score of 5-2.
The girls all played hard, and well at region, and were able to take second place overall. Everyone was able to qualify for state, which is a pretty exciting thing, since it hasn’t happened in a long time. In order to do as well as the girls did in region, they had to be physically ready to endure long games, and be able to stay mentally ready and positive.
State isn’t only intimidating because you really want to win, but it’s also really scary because it’s single elimination. All of the girls did very well at state. First, and third singles, and second doubles were able to win their first game, and move on to the semi-finals. They all lost their second game, putting them in either third or fourth place. Overall, the team was able to take fifth place. It was a great score, and was higher than they normally place at state.
All though the girls are all sad that the year is over, they are all very grateful they were able to have a fun, successful year. They are also very grateful for Coach Banks, for helping them gain skills, talents, and for always boosting them up when it was needed.