The Tiger tennis team is serving up a trip to the Region 3-AAAAA playoffs. According to Tiger tennis coach Janet Reddick, the boys didn’t field a complete team but still did well for the season. As for her Lady Tigers, they went 11-2 overall and 11-2 in the region for the season.
“Our only loss this season was to St. Vincent’s, and they are not in our region so that puts us at 11-2 and in a pretty good position for the region tournament,” Reddick said.
The coach will attend the region meeting Monday to find out who her girls will play Tuesday.
“We will play in the region, and if you qualify in the top four, then you go to the first round of the state tournament,” Reddick said. “And the girls stand a good chance of making the first round of state.”
If they do, it will be the second year in a row for the BI girls.
There are only two seniors on the girls’ tennis team this year, which means the coach will have several returning veterans next season.
One of those seniors, Danielle Clark, led this year’s squad.
“She is the glue that has held this team together,” Reddick said. “She is a good leader by example.”
Clark said she wants to do her best to win the region and advance to state.
“I’m hoping we can get further in state than we did last year,” she said. “Last year, we only made it to the first round and, hopefully, we can make it a little farther this year.”
Clark said she plans to study exercise science or sports medicine at Georgia Southern and will try to walk on to the tennis team during her sophomore year of college.
Foreign exchange student Maria Cordova also stood out.
“She is from Slovakia,” Reddick said. “She played volley ball here and basketball, but tennis was really her thing. She has done a wonderful job in tennis. We have an outstanding group of kids.”
She added that the key to this season’s success was consistency.
“In high school, whoever is the most consistent is going to win the match. These kids stayed very consistent, especially Mia Hannah. She would aggravate players to death.”