Girls send two doubles teams to state

Charlotte Reynolds, Staff Reporter

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   After competing in the Regional  tennis match on May 4, two doubles teams went to state May 9. No. 1 doubles Sydney Booth (19) and Mikaelee Salberg (19), and No. 4 doubles Zoie Floryance (22) and Mariah Noonan (22), qualified for state and will compete with with the top one doubles and four doubles at the 3A state level.

    As the season wraps up, three  seniors, Salberg, Booth, and Madeline Harper (19), are finishing their high school tennis careers.

Mikaelee Salberg (19) prepares to serve to her opponent.

   Salberg said, “My favorite part of the season has been bonding with my team and making  memories that will last forever. I would encourage everyone to play tennis. It is such a fun sport and you get so close with all of the girls.”

    Each of the graduating  seniors have a very encouraging perspective on trying tennis. Harper said, “Absolutely try tennis! Tennis is so much more than just a normal sport. We are truly like a family and love to do fun stuff together.”

   This year was Harper’s first year playing singles. “I really put myself out there this year and made the best of not having a partner anymore,” she said.

Madeline Harper (19) takes an approach volley at the net in her second regional match.

    Booth got back into tennis this year after sitting out last season with an ACL injury. “My favorite part of this season has just been playing. I couldn’t last year and I really missed it,” Booth said. All three seniors have had a positive effect on the development of the team this year in both sportsmanship and skills. Coach Mike Brisendine said, “Mikaelee, Sydney, and Maddie have shown our younger players what it takes to compete, to take your tennis game to that next level. These three understand what it means to play Eaton’s brand of tennis.”

   The seniors on varsity will leave  a legacy of excellence in the tennis program.

   Noonan said, “I learned how to be a better player and even a better person. The girls on this team set a really good example for how to be a good person, and I will value that from this season.”

Mariah Noonan (22) hits a forehand cross-court in a match against University at regionals.

   Zoie Floryance  and Noonan had a successful first tennis season, playing for varsity and making it to state in their freshman year.

Zoie Floryance (22) tosses the ball for her perfectly placed serve.

   “Mariah and I put in a lot of work and were determined. We made sure that no matter what we would still have a fun season,” Floryance said.

   Noonan agreed saying, “An essential part of our success was having a great partner like Zoie. We held each other up and encouraged one another to do great things.”