Girls tennis winning tough matches

Atoms fighting for a winning season with a record of 6-4

Luke Elkins, Staff Writer

Girls tennis is going into its final matches of the season, and they are looking to finish the season strong.

This is an improvement from its record last year, where they only managed three wins all year.

Head Varsity Coach Hassan Mims believes his team this year is one of the best he’s had.

“This season is Annandale High School’s girls tennis team’s most successful season since the last decade. We are in third place in the conference,” said Mims.

“The season is going better than expected. For the rest of the year, I only expect the team to keep playing as hard as we have been doing,” said sophomore Jasmine Phan.

Coach Mims believes the team has great chemistry this year and heapes praise upon the team.

“This is one of my favorite teams during my 17 year career. This group of girls are very coachable, well-rounded, and scholar athletes. Their level of commitment is priceless- the best I’ve ever coached,” said Mims, “We are one big family who unconditionally believes in each other. It was a three year process to get to where we are as an effective collective unit.”

Coach Mims believe they have the talent to perform during districts.

“Sophomore and #1 player Ashleen Lee, is undefeated this season so far. Also, Cindy Ma and Julia Sheehy won multiple clutch matches against two formidable opponents,” said Mims, “Preparing for districts will involve higher intensity at practices and more match mental toughness preparation, [but] I expect we will do well during district play.”

“Even if we don’t win districts, we will be a tougher opponent for other teams,” said Phan.

Before districts, girls tennis has four remaining games on their schedule. They face off against W.T. Woodson, Lake Braddock, West Potomac, and Mount Vernon.