Tennis girls prepare for state competition

Thwack goes the tennis ball when it hits the racket. It bounces at the edge of court. Her opponent rushes to hit it back. The ball bounces again. Her opponent doesn’t make it in time. She wins the match.

Similar situations happened many times within the past couple of weeks. Girls tennis hosted regionals on May 4, following Saturday’s prom. They won all four of their events (singles 1 and 2 and doubles 1 and 2).

“The team played awesome,” freshman Addie Watkins said. “It’s probably one of the best tournaments we’ve played. We just kind of swept it.”

Watkins played singles 2, taking senior Marisa Moore’s spot because of an injury.

The team received academic state championship again this year. They have received this award for seven out of the last nine years.

Tennis state was scheduled for May 8 and 9, but was rescheduled to May 12 and 13 due to the weather.

“It’s bad because we’re ready to play,” tennis coach Phil Barnes said. “But it doesn’t give anybody an advantage. Everybody’s in the same situation.”

Senior Carly Kirkland is optimistic about going to state.

“It’s going to be a lot harder than regionals to win, but I think our team has a really good shot. We’re in the top three teams, easily,” she said. “I know it’s going to be harder. It’s something that we prepare for all season, and I feel ready this year.”

Senior Alex Bowers is hopeful for state as well.

“As long as we all go out there and play our best and play like I know we’re capable of doing, I think we’ll do good,” she said.

Cache is ranked in the number one spot; Duncan and Heritage Hall are both ranked second.

The team feels ready to go to state and is hopeful for Wednesday not to be rained out, so the matches won’t have to be rescheduled again.