By Helen Zeidman
Despite multiple setbacks, the girls tennis team had a successful season.
With a total of 11 players, the girls tennis team is not one of the biggest teams. The team is tiny compared to Dallastown’s team of thirty players. But they do have a lot of determination and won matches against key opponents such as Spring Grove, West York, and Northeastern. Many other matches were close to victory, like the score of 3-4 against Kennard-Dale and Susquehannock.
“I think the season went well,” Ryan Small, the team’s coach, said. “We grew as a team and individuals grew as well.”
The team ended with a record of 5-7, which is respectable considering that they spent the first two weeks, which ended up being five matches, of the season without their number one seeded player Kristina Snyder.
Snyder, a home schooled sophomore and a new walk-on for the team, performed well with most of her matches. She made up for her absence in the beginning of the season with consistent matchplay that earned her victories during her first year on the team.
The team’s only senior, Alison Miller, the second seed on the team, finished her last year with the Lions on a strong note. Her career with the tennis team over the course of her four years was quite impressive, with three of those years being on varsity.
Junior Tori Austin, the third seeded player on the team, had a season full of over-time three set matches. She managed to fight through the two-hour long matches to secure multiple wins for the team.
By fighting through a tough start at the beginning of the season, Snyder and Austin earned a qualification for the county tournament as a doubles team. Snyder also qualified for singles in the county tournament. Austin qualified as an alternate for the singles tournament.
Coach Ryan Small is happy with his first complete year of coaching the team. “The girls on the team are just great, they try their best and have a good sense of humor. They always remain positive, which is why I love coaching them.” Small said.
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