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Tigers tennis at 4-2 as they faced undefeated Johnson
Elo Tapper is the Tigers' top male singles player. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
The Bradwell Tigers were preparing to serve against Johnson High Wednesday afternoon in the hopes of bringing down the undefeated Atomsmashers.
“Johnson has an excellent team this season,” Tiger coach Janet Reddick said.
“Right now we are doing well at 4-2 after our first six matches.”
That is an impressive record for the Tiger tennis squad that has only two returning seniors on their roster.
“Most of the players are either returning junior or sophomores or new players this season,” Reddick said. “The juniors and sophomores are just moving up in their ranks and have improved since last year. Currently our top singles payers are Elio Tapper for the boys and Mary Burns for the girls.”
Equally impressive is just how far the program has advanced in the four years since Reddick took over as coach.
“When I started with the program around four years ago we didn’t have complete teams,” she said. “Over the last couple of years we have grown the team. This year we had tryouts and actually had to cut some players, which we hate to do, but it was a good sign indicating more and more people want to become involved with tennis. We are one of the few teams in the region that have complete boys and girls teams.”
Before Reddick signed on as coach the team was moved from person to person. She said it’s the consistency that helped turn the program around.
As for opponents Reddick said the toughest teams come out of Savannah. Savannah Arts Academy, Johnson High and Jenkins are the top teams to beat and Reddick welcomes the challenge.
“I would rather play a tight match and lose than play an easy team and beat them,” she said. “That doesn’t help your players learn and develop.”
The netters were warming up as they hosted undefeated Johnson High and while the results were not available before press time the Courier will print the results, as they are made available.
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