Girls Tennis Success

The girls’ team has had their most successful season yet

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Girls tennis 5-2 district win against against Wentzville Liberty High School.

Fall sports are in full swing. However, for members of the girls’ tennis team, the season is rapidly coming to a close. Though the finale of their season is not far off, it has been a triumphant time for the girls. With only the postseason left, they have held a 13-1 record for the regular season.

Practice for the team begun a week before school and conditions during practices were often excruciatingly hot, a factor the girls diligently adapted to. The first match of the year took place at Fort Zumwalt East, where the team noticed a remarkable difference between their skills and strategies from last year. From using topspin and slice to angled placement and fast serves, they were able to defeat Fort Zumwalt East in a 9-0 win with ease. Mark Olson, who coaches the junior varsity team, associates this year’s improvement with dedication and tenacity.

“I think it’s hard work in the off-season that’s paying big dividends right now,” Olson said. “My favorite part about coaching is watching girls start out with very little confidence and experience, and then, doing very well at the end of the season.”

The girls celebrate their first district win in 14 years.

At practices and matches, the team maintains a welcoming atmosphere among members. The friendship within the team is frequently highlighted by the constant laughter and reassuring environment surrounding the courts.  

“When I first came to high school, I was afraid that I wouldn’t know anybody,” freshman Gabriella St. Jean said. “But it was good to make so many friends among my teammates. Cheering on our teammates gives them the confidence to persevere through each game.”

Most recently the varsity gold team celebrated their 5-2 win against Wentzville Liberty High School in the district finals, taking first place for the first time in 14 years. Their win was largely attributed to their bond and team mentality.

This year has been extraordinarily successful for the team. They have held an outstanding regular season record and also won first place at the Troy Doubles Tournament. Throughout the postseason, team effort accompanied by good luck will allow them to finish the season triumphantly.