Tennis Goes to State

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Tennis Goes to State

West tennis team pictured with their State trophy.

West tennis team pictured with their State trophy.

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If you are unaware of the tennis team’s achievements, they have won most of their games, every game except for one. The team as a whole stays motivated to excel in the sport. They have defeated many schools and overall have grown as better players throughout the year. The players practice every day during seventh period to improve and attempt to achieve their goals.

“It’s important to have better communication with our team,” senior Mark Hainey said. “Team bonding will help us on and off the court.”

Even though the team is doing well, having good communication with teammates makes all the difference in improving skills and possibly winning matches in the future. In addition to communication, there are multiple aspects of the sport that the players favor.

“I like the competition and being able to work together,” junior Andrew Fuller said. “I made the team freshman year and I am very proud of myself along with my teammates as the season has progressed.”

Being active in a sport or a part of a team helps players to learn the importance of teamwork and make friends along the way.

“I have made really good friends on the tennis team,” Hainey said. “I plan on staying in touch with them during college.”

Many of the players love the sport and gain a lot from it at the same time. They have made close friends, developed stronger tennis skills and overall feel very proud about their achievements. Appreciating the sport is important for the players, but Coach Morgan Walker however, is more focused on one goal: making it to the top.

“I like seeing the kids improve and enjoying the competition,” Walker said. “But the ultimate goal is to win State.”

Although improving in the game is significant in any sport, winning State in particular is the main goal the players and Walker wish to achieve. The team went to State on Nov. 6 and 7. They lost in the Semifinals and placed 3rd against New Braunfels.

“I feel really good about our successes,” Fuller said. “Practice leads to success.”

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