A Bittersweet Ending to a Good Season
The girls’ tennis team pulled out a win for their final home game against the rival team from Washington on October 30, 2013.
Although the game seemed like it could go either way, with one team winning one match and the other winning the next, the Lady Eagles managed to pull off a close 4-3 edge over their opponents.
“I think [the team] did pretty well overall!” senior, the second-ranked Varsity Single’s player, and team captain Sravya Bhamidipati said. “My match was great, too. I got to hit some more power shots than usual since my opponent hit short a lot. I’m glad I was able to secure a win for my team, especially since our team score was so close.”
Tennis matches are set up so that there are multiple games going on at once – each event’s win contributes to the teams overall score.
“For tennis games, you have to sit outside the fence so it’s hard to see games in the middle or anyone on the other side,” senior Lena Yen said. “Still, I had fun going to the game and supporting the team.”
For the six seniors on the team, the October 30th game is likely the last time they will be playing competitively on the courts at American.
“I’ve been on the team for all four years of high school,” said Bhamidipati. “It was a very bittersweet feeling to play on the courts for the last time. In a way, this leaves me more time on weekdays, but I’ll definitely miss all my wonderful teammates.”
Even from an outsider’s perspective, anyone can see the bond that the teammates have with each other.
“There’s only about fifteen girls on the team, from what I saw,” Yen said. “I’m pretty sure that being on the same tennis team and practicing together for weeks makes all of them pretty close with one another.”
After finishing off a successful season, the tennis team is already looking forward to the 2014 season next year.
“I definitely encourage anyone who plays tennis to tryout for the team next year,” Bhamidipati said. “Tennis gives you a lot of friends from different schools. Plus, it’s a great way to stay in shape during the year. School tennis gives competition experiences that are hard to find anywhere else.”