By JAMES EIK
A young Cheney girls’ tennis team was persistent throughout the season and finished with a 5-9 record on the year.
The team started out their final two matches in a tough fashion against Pullman, losing 6-1. Katelyn Smedley was the lone winner that day, and ended up going 10-4 for the entire season.
They rebounded in a big way the next day, taking down Deer Park 7-0, winning across the board and going out with a bang this season.
“They just played smart and executed our game plan,” head coach Jason Overland said.
The match against Deer Park reflected a vast array of skills that were developed throughout the season, with improvements being seen at all levels of play. Overland said beginning players learned a lot in the way of what’s done on the court and why certain techniques are emphasized.
For varsity players, the instruction was slightly different, focusing on whys and why nots of tennis play.
While the team is losing five seniors, the younger players are more than ready to step up and fill the gap, Overland said.
“I’m hoping a few girls will play tennis this summer,” he said.
If they do, then the returning players could form one of the formidable teams in the GNL.
James Eik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.