By Brody Patmore
Red Lion Girls Tennis is a very young team. So young in fact that half the girls on varsity have never started before.
“I specifically look for hard work, maximum effort, and players who are not complacent. I want to see that they are willing to learn and listen to the advice and strategies that I give them,” Coach Ryan Small said.
The team has a lot of freshmen, with a lot of potential. They finished their regular season with a record of 5-7.
Players making a lot of impact this year are Kristina Snyder, Destiny Mann, and Zoe Watson. Snyder is 7-2 in the league and fighting for the number 1 seed in the county tournament.
“Destiny Mann has done extremely well in the #2 singles spot this season, and Zoe has consistently improved every match this season playing #3 singles” Small said
The team has had two very close matches where they relied on their doubles teams to come through to pull out the win.
In one case, Abbie Mitzel and Alyssa Lutz secured a win for the team by winning their match. Also, Cora Beyer and Emily Herbert won a very impressive match on a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Some players from the team will make it into the county tournament. Who qualifies for the tournament is determined by a “seeding meeting.”
All of the coaches in AAA meet to submit their players to the tournament. Sometimes coaches will have to debate for certain players to get a spot.
The meeting was Tuesday Oct. 4. Small will see who he can get into the tournament. The top three finalist in the county tournament go to districts.
“Tennis is a physically demanding sport, but I think it is even moreso a mentally demanding sport. So the players that are mentally tough, willing to learn, and have the desire to win do well on my team and in the sport,” Small said.
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