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For the past decade, Girls’ JV Tennis has consistently finished each season with one of the best records of any team on campus. The team is undefeated in the ISL since 2015, and fell only to rival St. Mark’s in 2014. This season, they are off to an impressive start, winning their all of their six matches thus far, and sweeping Lawrence Academy, Thayer and Brooks in the process. Such a record speaks for the talent and skill of this team, but there is something more to why these girls play so well together .

From the coaches to players, the entire team agrees that the chemistry on JV Girl’s Tennis is unmatched anywhere else. A large reason for this is the fact that many of the Sixth Formers on the team – of which there are seven – have played together for four seasons. Coach Jin said, “The seniors are very close to each other, but also very friendly to other team members. They support each other during games by cheering on their teammates, they organize their own warm-up activities during practices, and they even worked together this year to design and pay for the team outfits, including headband, socks, jersey and a jacket.” Caroline Johnston ‘17 and Mims Reynolds ‘17 are very proud of both their team and of their gear. Most JV teams don’t invest in team apparel, but Girls’ JV Tennis has never been like most teams. While they make their practices fun and sport team jackets the JV girls are determined to compete in and win every match.

When asked about their favorite memories on JV Tennis, players didn’t answer with specific games won or a particular practice, but instead discussed the fun and energetic nature of the team. CJ’s favorite memory is every time Victoria Wahba ‘17 “throws herself down when she plays. Watching her is a constant favorite. And it works in games.” Mims added, “We have a lot of quirky players. Frances [McCreery ‘17] sticks her foot in the air every time she hits the ball.” The girls also recalled bus ride jam sessions with former coach Ms. Hughes, team dance moves with Coach Lyons, and laughing with Coach Jin. Although the team might not seem intense, “we do well because we love it,” according to Mims.

Despite graduating seven players this year, Coach Jin is “optimistic that we will have a strong team again next year. With the current four players who will stay for next year and with some new students who played tennis before, we can make a strong team.”

JV Girls’ Tennis is a talented and unique team. CJ calls it a “bit of an enigma.” Everyone agrees that these girls are intense competitors who also love to have fun. Coach Jin’s favorite part about coaching these girls is when they “make a circle to cheer for each other, and share tips to comfort each other” before each game. As Mims put it, despite graduating this spring, she considers JV Tennis the “team of my life.”

 

For the past decade, Girls’ JV Tennis has been a force to be reckoned with. The team is undefeated in the ISL since 2015, and fell only to rival St. Mark’s in 2014. This season, they are off to a an impressive start, winning their all of their four matches thus far, and sweeping both Lawrence Academy and Thayer in the process. Such a record speaks for the talent and skill of this team, but there is something more to why these girls play so well together.

From the coaches to players, the entire team agrees that the chemistry on JV Girl’s Tennis is unmatched anywhere else. A large reason for this is the fact that many of the Sixth Formers on the team – of which there are seven – have played together for four seasons. Coach Jin said, “The seniors are very close to each other, but also very friendly to other team members. They support each other during games by cheering on their teammates, they organize their own warm-up activities during practices, and they even worked together this year to design and pay for the team outfits, including headband, socks, jersey and a jacket.” Caroline Johnston ‘17 and Mims Reynolds ‘17 are very proud of both their team and of their gear. Most JV teams don’t invest in team apparel, but Girls’ JV Tennis has never been like most teams. While they make their practices fun and sport team mid calfs, the JV girls are determined to compete in and win every match.

When asked about their favorite memories on JV Tennis, players didn’t answer with specific games won or a particular practice, but instead discussed the fun and energetic nature of the team. CJ’s favorite memory is every time Victoria Wahba ‘17 “throws herself down when she plays. Watching her is a constant favorite. And it works in games.” Mims added, “We have a lot of quirky players. Frances [McCreery ‘17] sticks her foot in the air every time she hits the ball.” The girls also recalled bus ride jam sessions with former coach Ms. Hughes, team dance moves with Coach Lyons, and laughing with Coach Jin. Although the team might not seem intense, “[they] do well because [they] love it,” according to Mims.

Despite graduating seven players this year, Coach Jin is “optimistic that we will have a strong team again next year. With the current four players who will stay for next year and with some new students who played tennis before, we can make a strong team.”

JV Girls’ Tennis is a strong and unique team. CJ calls it a “bit of an enigma.” Everyone agrees that these girls are intense competitors who also love to have fun. Coach Jin’s favorite part about coaching these girls is when they “make a circle to cheer for each other, and share tips to comfort each other” before each game. As Mims put it, despite graduating this spring, she considers JV Tennis the “team of [her] life.”

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