Serving Up a Competitive Season

A reflection on the boys tennis teams season
Ben Wiley strides to the ball during the varsity tennis GACs.
Ben Wiley strides to the ball during the varsity tennis GAC’s.
Sydney Davis

The boy’s tennis team had a record-breaking season with almost 10 athletes making it to districts and many of them qualifying.

The tennis team had nonstop matches back-to-back week after week. Coaches Hill and Campos trained their boys hard as they knew this season would be a tough one. 

“We have had lots of talent from this year’s boys, and we can’t wait until next season,” coach Hill said. 

Even through tough weather, late buses, missed matches, and even no access to transportation, this team has been through it all this season.

Varsity members traveled to over 20 matches over the past few monthsand they dominated their competitors. Junior varsity athletes also had an opportunity for a challenge. With around 13 JV athletes, there was a lot of room for improvement within the team.

When joining the tennis team, you can expect to only learn and grow. You start with a ranking, and from there, you get the chance to “challenge” the person ranking higher than you. By the chance you win the challenge, you get to take over the other members ranking. 

This system of improvement is used in both varsity and junior varsity.

Many boys who achieve a high ranking on varsity can expect some attention when it comes to colleges. 

Unlike any other high school sport, tennis is one of the only sports that has personal rankings within the team. And because of this, it can cause some competition within the team, but it also creates strong connections.

“Our team has become very close this year. I feel like I can connect with my teammates super well, and we all get along for the most part,” Will Grimes said. 

For the 2024 season, the varsity and junior varsity teams have had a higher win rate. 

Junior varsity members play in doubles, which gives the athletes more of a teamwork effort while most varsity athletes play in singles and work alone against one other.

As the season comes to an end for these boys, the bonds they have created will carry onto the next season as the team prepares for another hard-fought year. 

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About the Contributors
Amber Sethaler
Amber Sethaler, Reporter

Amber Sethaler is a junior, and this is her first year in journalism. Out of school, Amber spends her time working at GymQuarters Gymnastics Center, as a coach. Other than working, she loves to hang out with her friends and listen to music. She also loves shopping, and spending time with her family. When Amber graduates she wants to become a real estate agent. Amber's dream college is the University Of Missouri. She can't wait to learn more about journalism this year.

Sydney Davis
Sydney Davis, Editor-in-Chief of The 2024 Talon
Sydney Davis is an editor-in-chief of the Talon Yearbook and will soon be in her third year of publications while also a manager of the cross country team. She is in her senior year and her second year of classes at SCC. She loves listening to music and watching movies and reading in her free time, along with playing with her niece and nephews. Sydney dreams of being a concert photographer while traveling the world when she is older. She is unsure of where her education will continue after high school, but would like to major in either journalism or marketing. Worms love worms!

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