Conquering districts

Girls tennis participated in districts this past week and is advancing two competitors onto sectionals this coming week.

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Sydney Robbins

Junior Brynlee Hendricks competes with intensity during the district tournament. Although she did not advance to sectionals, she is still content with her overall performance and her season as a whole.

Talia Thambyrajah, staff reporter

This past week, the varsity girls tennis team competed in the 2017 districts tournament, with junior Tori Ikeda and sophomore Kenzie Jones winning first in doubles and advancing to the sectionals tournament this coming week. Although this means that the end of the season is in sight, the girls have enjoyed every match of this season.

Juniors Brynlee Hendricks and Jordan Merli competed with passion and experienced the district tournament together alongside their teammates.

“It was new and a little scary, but just going out with the top six of us who have been growing together all season felt very secure & being with them helped up step forward into this mission together,” Hendricks said.

For both Hendricks and Merli, the district tournament brought about anxious feelings, but the atmosphere of the tournament was unique compared to that of regular in-season matches.

“We as a team grew so much. Looking back at how much we’ve grown is refreshing,” Hendricks said. “I have confidence we will go into next season with more hope and power and have a better season than this year; this was a growing year.”

— Brynlee Hendricks

“The atmosphere was really unique,” Merli said. “I know especially for me, coming from the bottom of the team last year, I felt like I had something to prove. But we all just went out there and played and had fun. There was no added pressure on any of us, which made it easy to go out there and relax and just play tennis. It was kind of bittersweet though, knowing that these are the last matches of the season, but it was great!”

Junior varsity captain Tori Ikeda agrees that the district tournament was indeed nerve wracking but a delightful experience with her teammates as well.

“[The district tournament] was so much fun,” Ikeda said. “I am, as always, very proud of our team’s performance and could not be more thankful for this season with everyone.”

Although the season is over for all besides Ikeda and Jones, the team is still young, as they are only losing two seniors this year. The girls are hopeful in the fact that next season they will come in stronger and with more experience.

“We as a team grew so much. Looking back at how much we’ve grown is refreshing,” Hendricks said. “I have confidence we will go into next season with more hope and power and have a better season than this year; this was a growing year.”

Ikeda and Jones will compete in the 2017 sectionals tournament on October 3rd at Parkway North. Best of luck to these girls, and congratulations to the rest of the ladies tennis team on an outstanding season.

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