Members of the varsity tennis team are on their way to Springfield, MO to participate in State beginning today, Oct. 13.
Beginning on July 31, all tennis teams began practice but the official season started Aug. 18 when the first game was played against Parkway West, where North lost 0-9.
After that, the season began to turn around. One of their biggest wins occurred on Aug. 31 beating Kirkwood 6-3. This was the first victory against Kirkwood in 18 years.
Senior Alyssa Shteyn said, “The team is so proud since no one from Parkway North won from Kirkwood until this year.”
On Sept. 27, they became District Champions by beating Francis Howell North 5-0 and three doubles teams won big. This is their first District title since 2012.
“One word to describe my team would be united because all of us have been through a lot together and have really bonded over the season the team has been great and we have beat people that we have never beat and it is great to be a part of it,” said Shteyn.
District Singles Champion senior Janel Dean and silver medalist in doubles freshmen Giselle Krikorian and Nishika Hegde moved on to Sectionals on Oct. 1.
Krikorian said, “Janel is awesome. We have become really close and started an instant connection. Our matches are so fun together and we have been a great team for finals.”
At Sectionals, Dean beat Navone Armstrong from McCluer North 6-0, 6-2 securing her spot at State. This will be Dean’s second appearance at State. Hegde and Krikorian beat Scarlett Madrid and Kelsey Gallagher who are also from McCluer North, 6-3, 6-0 to secure their spot at State.
Hegde said, “I was nervous at the beginning of the season but now my confidence has improved. I also feel close to all my teammates and I am going to continue the victory next year.”
“My biggest accomplishment this season was making number three varsity which is crazy for me. Also, making it to State as a freshman makes me excited for more to come,” said Krikorian.
By Ellie Canizares, staff writer