Chance at state title for girls tennis

Zach Palmer

June 11. It’s the day all high school the Month
teams wish to be playing, with the same
goal in mind: a state championship.
And after making a state championship
appearance last season, it looks like
the girl’s tennis team at HHS is taking
the same route this year.
This year’s team is 15-1 clinching
the top seed and home court advantage
throughout the conference tournament.
“What makes this team different
from last year is our depth. I don’t think
the bottom of the lineup last year is as
strong as it has been this season. The Kazelskis
twins have been a big part of our
lineup for us all season. Morgan hasn’t
lost a match all year at the five spot,” Assistant
Coach Phil Hein said.
Undoubtedly, this team works harder
than any team in the state. If one were to
glance at one of their practices, it would
be different than they expected. There’s
no time set aside to play around and socialize
with friends. Its constant drilling
and running, one similar to a college
practice.
“Our practices are insane. Our coaches
make us run a ton especially if we’re
fooling around. They get mad when we
take longer than two minutes for a water
break,” sophomore Mattie Moon said.
Aside from what the records show
and practice routines, this isn’t a powerhouse
team that has a dominant top
player. They win matches relying on the
depth of their starting six. This Hawks
starting lineup is comprised of three
sophomores, two freshman and a senior.
The depth, that they hoped would be
there against Midlothian, didn’t step up.
The Trojans ousted the Hawks 7-2 in a
match that was over before doubles play
even got going.
“The match was a lot better than
what the score said. We lost 7-2, but had
a bunch of matches that could’ve been
ours that just happened to swing Midlothian’s
way,” Hein said.
Caroline Hare, the one seed for the
Hawks split the first two sets before falling
in a tightly contested 3rd set 3-6, 7-6,
7-5.
“In order to beat Midlo, we need to
be a more consistent team. We were
missing a lot of shots we are typically
able to make and that was the difference
the first time around,” Head Coach
Lindsay Hein said.
This team has all the pieces they need
to bring home a state title, now it’s just
about putting those pieces together at
the right time.
Regardless of if they’re able to bring
home a state championship or not this
year, you can expect to see them punching
a ticket to the state tournament in the
upcoming years based on their depth.
“We’re starting to act more like a
team and not as ourselves individually
which is a big step in suceeding on the
court,” Assistant Coach Hein said.

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Author: The Hawk Eye

Hanover High School, Mechanicsville, Virginia The Hawk Eye Student Newspaper thehawkeye@hcps.us

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