As of Tuesday, March 28, 2017
When Grangeville senior Sophia Bush joined the GHS tennis program years ago, the courts weren’t quite as busy as they are now.
The turnout for head coach Kerry McCulley’s squad surged this spring, so the Bulldogs have added two assistant coaches.
For practice, they’re also staggering into two groups of 15, so that the athletes can get more court-time with less standing around.
Bush, the reigning girls singles district champion, chose tennis early.
“My dad has played raquetball for years, so when I was little he kind of leaned me toward tennis,” she said. “We played in the yard, stuff like that. That’s why I chose tennis in high school.”
Bush reached spring break undefeated this season. Teammate and fellow senior Rachel Kelley figures to be one of her main competitors at the district tournament this May, but the squad hasn’t yet seen what the other tennis schools will bring to the table.
“The whole team has done pretty well against the teams we’ve played,” she said. “The new coaching staff has made everybody feel welcome, and everybody’s having fun.”
“Coach Stringfield played in college and has a lot of knowledge we haven’t really been exposed to before,” she said. “He’s always showing us new ways to serve or hit a ball back — it’s a lot of information, but it has really helped everybody a lot this year.”
Bush pointed out that the state’s top tennis players play indoors year-round. That puts state medals mostly out of reach for GHS players, so when it comes to state, the goal is to still be playing on the second day.
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