Varsity Tennis takes another swing for State title

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Ball is up Berkley Beene ’19 swings away during a Varisty match against Millard West on Tuesday, April 19. Marian won the home match and is one step closer to taking on the State competition. photo by racheljohnson 

The Marian tennis team has always been a force to be reckoned with, and this season proves to be no di erent. With a record of 9-3, the Varsity team will go into the State competition as the team to beat.

The team, however, did not get to where they are without consistent determination, practice, and pushing limits.

Getting second place at State last year has motivated the girls to do everything in their power to finally get the gold. IN addition to being physically difficult, tennis is very mental. “I just focus on being confident on the court, because if you aren’t confident, your mind will lose the match for you,” senior Macie Kubat said. Kebab said that it’s all about remaining focused and moving on from past mistakes. She said she believes the team is strong mentally.

IN addition to persistent practice, the team owes much of their success to Coach Beth Dye, who challenges the players to reach their fullest potential. “[They are] very well-rounded tennis players and a very deep team. [We’ve] done a lot of mixing and matching to find the right combination of doubles teams,” Dye said.

A lot of through and strategy goes into selecting the State competitors, and luckily the girls all have State experience under their belts.

Competing in number one singles will be freshman Julia King, with sophomore Carol Lahey competing in two singles. The number one doubles team will consist of seniors Clare Crockett and Sara Flaxbeard, with seniors Macie Kubat and Anna Slezak competing in number two doubles.

Though only a select few team members will actually compete at state, the competitors could not have made it to where they are without the efforts of the entire squad. The team will have the opportunity to get a sense of where they stand in comparison to other schools at several invites prior to the State Competition.

“The two invites will give is a real good idea where we fall and what we need to improve on as the year goes on,” Dye said.

With State just around the corner, the team is focused on surpassing last year’s second place finish. “This year I do not want to go into matches thinking we have the automatic win. At the State championship [last year], my partner and I went into our match thinking we had the State championship, and we lost. We need to focus on each point and match and hopefully come out with a medal,” Kubat said.

The team will compete at the Koch Tennis Center on Thursday, May 19 at 9 a.m. and would greatly appreciate attendance from the Marian community. This is the last time several of the seniors will ever compete, and they hope to end on a good note with the support of their peers.

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