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Girls Tennis: Back and Better than Ever

By Lindsay Perkins

The Lady Tigers tennis team is taking on year two with eight returning seniors and two returning district champions.

After having a solid season last year with a record of 6-8, they come back this year already having won 6 matches and are currently undefeated. 

Sophomore Alice Go is ranked #1 on the team again this year and has high hopes to go to State as a team. 

“Last year me and Karson Phipps went to Sectionals as a double. We were only two points away from going to State, which happened to be my favorite memory,” Go said. 

This year there are quite a few new underclassmen, achieving tennis 

coach Emily Nagle’s goal from last year.

“Last year we were so brand new we had to start from the basics. This year we are really building on that and to add to it, our whole varsity returned so we want to be super competitive this season,” Nagle said. 

Sophomore Mylee Woods, a newcomer to the team this year, says that the seniors have played an important part in making her and other girls on the team feel welcomed.

“I feel included and love all the people. I don’t feel super behind, it being my first season because there are other girls that aren’t as skilled yet as well,” Woods said. 

Go also mentioned the importance of the seniors and their attitudes within the team. 

“They are really nice and hardworking and inspirational people and I can always look up to them,” Go said.

Next Thursday, Sept. 26, is senior night against Joplin. Graduating nine seniors this year, the team has an emotional night in store. 

 “That class has been the core of the team. They are super hard working and positive influences on the other girls and, me being their counselor, there has been a different connection having them on the court, too,” Nagle said.