Women’s tennis celebrates winning season

Freshman Molly Stevison leaves the ground to serve the ball on Sept. 24 against Rockwood Summit, where the tennis team won 5-4. For the first time in 25 years, women’s tennis has a winning season. Photo by Lindsey Bennett

For the first time in 25 years, women’s tennis has a winning season.

“This season we took it more seriously and improved so much from the first day,” junior Izzy Heintz said.

“We ended the regular season 8-5, which is really exciting especially because we ended last season 4-11,” senior Emma Binder said. “We beat teams like Nerinx, Ursuline and Summit, and they aren’t teams we ever would have had a chance against in the past.”

“Beating Nerinx on their senior night and ours was amazing. They had changed their lineup thinking they would easily beat us but we won,” senior Sarah Richards said.

While the whole team made it to Districts due to its successful season, Binder and Heintz made it to the semi-final round.

“Districts was a lot of fun,” Heintz said. “Emma and I got to play doubles, and we beat Nerinx in the first round to continue the next day. We lost to St. Joe and Ladue but came out in fourth place.”

Binder added the support of the team is what has made a difference this season.

“So much of tennis is mental that it’s so important to support each other, and that’s something that our team is so good about,” Binder said.

“On this team, there’s always someone cheering for you. We see a lot of teams with players who play their own match and then leave. That’s not us. We stay and support our teammates until the very end, and I think that’s something that’s really special about our team,” Binder said.

Eleanor Marshall – Opinion Columnist

This is Eleanor Marshall’s second year on ECHO staff, but she made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year. She has been recognized for her work by JournalismSTL, MJEAand MIPA.

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