“I feel that this past season was a step in the right direction to our goal of success,” said senior Danielle Hunter. “We did well this season at working hard and coming closer to success.”
Growth and camaraderie have proven to be vital for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams.
“Our team chemistry was very apparent this year,” said junior Grayson Frazier. “We use that energy to bring our best tennis as a team.”
Although the men didn’t bring home a win from the Northwest Championship, they did put up a strong fight and proved just how hard they have worked in this past season.
For the women, Head Coach Brian Jackson is still relatively new, having just started the previous year, and is still working on building a successful tennis program.
“Some of the strengths [they] had as a team is working as a team and cheering each other on,” said Hunter.
The support that the women and the men felt from their teammates really helped to give them a confidence boost and a sense of having a secure base on which they could have fallen back on.
“I was very fortunate to be welcomed and supported so well by my upperclassmen teammates and coaches,” said freshman Kaitlyn Lomartire. “[They] pushed me and inspired me to persevere through each tough moment I faced on court. Without their help, I would not have been as successful as I was this past season.”
Having such a sense of support from their teammates allowed both the men and women’s teams to become a true unit that pushed each other and encouraged each other to do their best.
For next season the teams are even more determined to do better and are convinced that the successes of this year was just a taste of the successes that are to come for next season.
The women in particular are ready to try and defeat the teams that they lost against this season.
“I am looking forward to the rematches I will have against the opponents whom I lost to this past season,” said Lomartire.
With their wins and their losses, both the men and women’s teams are incredibly grateful to the opportunities that they have had this season and are looking forward to what they will gain next year.
The women ended their season with a 2-14, 0-12 conference record and the men’s team finished with a 4-8 conference record and an overall record of 5-14.