Trooper tennis falls short of playoffs

The fall team tennis season drew to a close on Friday October 10, the Troopers ending with a 5-13 record. The team faced adversity as their captain, senior Sarah Baker, was out due to an injury, and the majority of the team was new and young.

"[The injury] really took the air out of the team," said tennis coach Stanley Anderson. "We lost our captain and our best player on the girl's side."

Furthermore, the team contains only 4 seniors: Sarah Baker, co-captain Brittany Soto , Isaac Flores, and John Martinez. On a team of 14, 11 have never been on varsity before.

"It's hard to compete with the little experience that we have," said Anderson. "11 out of our 14 varsity players are playing varsity for the first time."

Baker feels that the team's lack of experience played a large part in their results on the court.

"We have a really new team," Baker said. "It's taking a lot to show what we can do."

Anderson and Baker are optimistic about the upcoming spring season. The individual season will begin in January, where the team hopes to advance to regionals.

"We'll have off season to work on the things that hurt us in the fall season and I feel like we'll be a lot better," said Baker. "I'm really looking forward to showing what we can do."

Despite the hardships that this season provided, the team remained a determined force.

"The one thing they're lacking is a belief in themselves," said Anderson. "It's been tough, but their effort has been good all the time; they've never stopped trying."