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Stephen Wills, senior, returns the ball against Ashley Ridge on March 9.

Stephen Wills, senior, returns the ball against Ashley Ridge on March 9.

Hannah Simmons

Hannah Simmons

Stephen Wills, senior, returns the ball against Ashley Ridge on March 9.

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Blanton Tennis Courts are buzzing. Along with the hurricane of pollen comes the tide of spring, and with tha the introduction of the boys tennis team at Summerville High School. Now is the time for practice and drills in the blaring spring heat. Now is the sound of balls hitting asphalt and rackets and the constant drumming of feet trying to win the next set. Tennis is here.

“It’s a tough sport… You’re out there, and everytime you make a mistake, it’s magnified because you’re the only one there. You only focus on that last hit,” stated first year head coach Jesse Gladis.

Coach Gladis has been coaching at various schools for ten years; both he and his team understand the challenging individuality of one on one tennis.

“It’s just mental,” added senior Stephen Wills, “If you get mad at yourself, you stay mad at yourself. You gotta learn to overcome the frustrations that come along with it. You’re the hero and you’re the villain at the same time.”

Taylor Reynolds, another Green Wave senior, stated, “There’s not a whole motivation from your teammates. You have to do it yourself and get business done.”

With all the hard work and countless practices though, tennis is a helpful sport that applies to life off the court. It is not just running around and hitting a ball as hard as possible. There’s certain steps and moves players have to decide on within only two seconds that affect the whole game.

“It’s a great sport because you can play it your whole life. Those decisions you make on the court help with decision making when you’re older. It helps make us into great people, not just great athletes,” explains Coach Gladis.

The tennis team’s first  three regional matches of the season ended with wins of a combined score of 18-0 against Goose Creek and crosstown rivals Fort Dorchester and Ashley Ridge.

When asked about their goals for the season, Wills, Reynolds, and Coach Gladis all proclaimed, “Win region.”

So far, so good. Match point.

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