By Samanta Garcia
Her shoes hit the solid, green court, sophomore Leah Baumann practices her backhand for her upcoming matches, and for the remainder of the season.
Baumann has aimed to improve a lot, however, she wants to get even better by gaining confidence and playing in matches like she plays in practices.
Gaining confidence is important to all aspects of tennis, including the mental part.
“I expect this season to make the whole team better, not only physically, but mentally as well,” said Baumann.
As an underclassmen Baumann has recognized the change from year to year.
“Every season is different because a new bond has to form between the new teammates and the players with more experience as high school players. However, the seniors are awesome because they stay positive and keep the intensity level high. They’ll cheer for you whether you’re on varsity or junior varsity,” said Baumann.
During their final year, the seniors are leading the team as role models.
“Being a senior means that you have to step up and be the role model for your team. It’s a huge responsibility, but it’s amazing. I love knowing that these girls look up to me. It’s also sad knowing that it’s my last year playing for this team,” said senior Alexis Applegate.
As the year has passed, games by game, motivation is key for the success of a season.
“I play because I’m just so in love with the game. I love how it feels when you win your court and you know it’s helping your team progress. What keeps me motivated is for me to keep improving my game and just the drive to get better. Knowing that I have so much potential and that I can go really far really helps to keep me motivated,” said Applegate.
This motivation is vital to accomplishing the aspirations for the post-season.
“I know we can make it to state again if we have faith in ourselves and each other. We just have to be confident and keep a positive attitude,” said Baumann.