Girls tennis finishes strong

Kidus Ayele, Staff Writer

The Girls Varsity tennis team has been breaking records that had not been broken in decades with their outstanding performances in matches this year. The team has finished the season with 8 wins and 6 losses, which is the team’s best record in the last decade.
Districts began on May 10, and girls singles got past the first round. Girls doubles begins on May 15 and girls singles resumes on May 16 (results of districts were not available by pub date).
With an outstanding list of players stacked up, the sky appears to be the limit for the Atoms. Sophomore Ashleen Lee, who is number one on the tennis team and was the recipient of the first team all districts award for singles, gets ready for districts by practicing on her own and also practicing with the boys on doubles.
Words of encouragement and praise were heaped upon Lee who had finished undefeated which is a record that had not been reached in the last two decades.
Lee is the number one seed in districts and will be looking forward to play singles against T.C. and Woodson. Woodson have gone undefeated for the whole season and will need extra effort to defeat them.
“Wherever they lack in skill, we will capitalize on,” about Lee, on how they plan on defeating Woodson.
For doubles, Lee and senior Lucie Lefbom are the number two seed in the conference doubles in districts, and they also received the honor of second team all district doubles.
“There will be 5 players from the top 8 graduating this season,” said Girls Head Varsity tennis coach Hassan Mims, so replacements will be needed to secure the future of the team. Coach Mims also won an award, as he received the Patriot Conference coach of the year award.
Girls tennis can be proud with the excellent season they’ve had.
Last year, the Atoms struggled to a 3-12 record, challenging only some of the teams the played. This year, the Atoms were competitive in every meet they were at, finishing with a record of 8-6.