Tough end of the season for all of these girls but as I have told them. If you were judged purely by winning and losing that isn’t fair. It’s a competition but when majority of the team just picked up a racquet for the first time two months ago, the focus is on competing against yourself to do better each day! You can’t always win but you can win small battles and that has been my focus for the team this year! My personal goal was to setup these young players in a direction that can excel them in the future! I believe with the effort all of them have shown, and the hard work they are willing to commit to, that the future is bright! Tonight was senior night for Kayla Schipper and Mahkinsey Myers. As a first year coach I didn’t know what to expect on how seniors would welcome myself to the team. I am overly impressed with both of these two players, who have helped lead our team to victories and helped mentor everyone else! Kayla Schipper put up a strong performance tonight, it doesn’t matter who she plays against, she wants to adjust and make it a battle! Most of the time this goes her way, but not tonight unfortunately! She is on the right path to becoming even better as years go on, and hope she sticks around to continue to teach and challenge these young girls! Mahkinsey Myers, I am always impressed with her mental toughness. Yes she does not like to lose but she is willing to keep her head up and to battle through the challenge. She has been key to our teams’ success, and I hope she sticks around as well to challenge everyone! With her serves and raw power generated on her ground strokes she can and does prepare our team for the future! Everyone on our team can be thankful for these two great leaders, bringing their game to practice and really pushing them to do better! Katherine Ousley was closer to winning than the score showed. A few small adjustments here and there and it could have been a different story. That is what I like about Katherine, she has a chance to compete with the best because of her style of play. It is a really clean game, and has the stance to take her ground strokes to the next level! I’m excited to see her improve as time goes on and as she helps lead our team next year! Jaycie Thomas and Kylie Fugett made it to the end. A punishing first year but the knowledge and lessons learned is exactly what these two need. I’m always reminded when I made silly mistakes or lost many battles due to my lack of experience, but it helped shape me into the player I am today. Confident and willing to take on anyone because I believe in my ability and know what it takes to win and how to adapt to off days or strong opponents! That is the future for these two young stars! Winning cannot happen without hard work and effort, and these two bring forth a lot of both! Bailey Wright and Abi Metz both put up a good fight as well tonight. Tennis is one of those sports that scores can be deceiving but they are facing challenges so high and they are making themselves look tall out there! If they continue to work all year long like I know they want to, you are going to see two players come back next year completely revamped and winning games. The future is bright for our team, this year may have seemed dark but it takes playing in the dark for a little while to enjoy the shine! Great season ladies, and I am thankful to be your coach! Let’s come back stronger because We Are Whitko, and you all have what it takes to succeed!
- 5 Wawasee High School
- 0 Whitko High School
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