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Lady Jays Tennis conquer state

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Sidney Johnson, Staff reporter

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Lady Jays Tennis are “racketing” up attention as the competed on Oct. 13 down in the Copper Complex in Springfield. After sectionals, only four remaining athletes qualified; Erica Dunn, Bailey Patrick, Kirsten Schwandtner and Susan Meyer. Patrick and Meyer were double partners, going into state their record was 12-7. Dunn and Schwandtner also doubles partner for state and their record coming into state was 9-3. The team prepared for state with extra practicing alongside their doubles partners and playing higher ranked teams during regular season, the players had mixed emotions going into state.

        “I was excited,”Schwandtner said. “I was also s

uper nervous. I had only been playing tennis for two years and everyone I was playing with had been playing at least twice as long.”

      Schwandtner is ranked fourth on the team and this was her first year going to state. The previous year Schwandtner was ranked last and worked her way up to 13th before the end of the season. This year, Schwandtner was ranked sixth in the beginning of the season and worked her way up fourth.

       Dunn and Schwandtner played two doubles matches at state; neither one of them qualified for a singles match. They lost the first match 4-8 against Parkway Central, then lost 1-6 in the second match against Rock Bridge.

        “I was upset at first, but we were playing the best of the best and I was just excited to even made it to state,” Schwandtner said.

         Patrick and Meyer lost both of their doubles matches. In the first match the score was very close. The girls had high hopes for the first match, but ended up losing 5-8 to Ft. Zumwalt East. The last match they played Lee’s Summit West losing 1-6.

     “The main points I kept in mind while going to state was staying positive and giving all I have,” Patrick said.  

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Lady Jays Tennis conquer state