After practicing all summer long for the upcoming matches, the lady Spartans tennis team ended their season with a record of 19-7. They also came in second place at the Mt. Vernon Invitational on August 23, 2014. With the help of coaches Doc Flemming, Mrs. Bacon, and Mrs. Hahn, the team had a successful season. Even though the team lost three players from the previous year, they gained seven new members for the fall season, giving them a total of sixteen players.
Dedicated, passionate, and cheerful are three words that could describe any member of the lady Spartans tennis team. Since the team was spirited throughout the season, it is easy to understand how the team did so well. Assistant Coach Bacon said, “I think our team did very well. We had a winning record and all of the girls seemed to have gotten along. I think we all had some fun along the way as well!”
The season has not ended yet. Sophomore Natalie Zitko won at sectionals in her final match against Clear Fork. Now she will be moving on to districts in Bowling Green on October 9, 2014. The team and entire student body wishes her the best of luck in her upcoming matches.
Although hard work goes into having such a great season, the team always seemed to make time for some fun and excitement. After being challenged by Coach Bacon, the lady Spartans completed the ALS ice bucket challenge. The ice cold water definitely woke the girls up after a long, exhausting match against Ashland. Coach Bacon described this event as her favorite memory from the season. Sometimes the girls needed a little extra encouragement along the way to help them get through the match too. Senior Leslie Stewart said, “My favorite memory would have to be the time when Coach Bacon bribed Hannah Novack and I with chocolate doughnuts if we won our match, and we did!”
Many things can be gained from being a part of a team. For the lady Spartans tennis team, this includes lifelong friendships, tons of lasting memories, and the ability to play tennis well. Stewart said, “This season was filled with so many unforgettable memories and I am truly going to miss it now that it’s over!” The coaches are just as passionate about the game of tennis as the players are. They always strive to make the team the best that they can be. Coach Bacon said, “My favorite part of coaching is seeing the excitement when a player wants to win, or hits a good shot during a match that we had practiced, or winning a really tight match. I hope I can pass on my fondness for the game and how it can be a lifelong sport. It’s not only the winning for me. I love the improvement in everyone as our season progresses, and I like all of the different personalities! I also hope that everyone can learn from my dislike of no man’s land and carry that with them in their future tennis game!”
Not only did the lady Spartans tennis team have a winning record, they also had a great time together throughout the whole season! The coaches helped the girls improve their game and also supported and cheered them on along the way. Every member of the team showed dedication and passion for the sport they played.