MIDDLETOWN-Middletown High School is not the only thing on the Breiel Boulevard campus under construction, so is the rebranding of the Middies varsity girls tennis team.
Although their goals aren’t built with brick and mortar, skill development that will allow for consistent success while competing at a high-level is.
When laying the foundation for a successful team, victories aren’t always measured simply by points on the scoreboard. Often, successes are borne through modest triumphs such as serve technique and ball placement.
The 2016 season is not going to be as simple as getting from Point A to Point B. It’s going to be a combination of ups and downs paired with zigs and zags. A blueprint no different than the one contractors building the new high school are experiencing.
Luckily, this ambitious group of Middie student-athletes have a new coaching staff as thirsty as them to get the program pointed in the right direction.
Tuesday night the Lady Middies (0-5) fell to Oak Hills (6-3) 5-0. “Though you might not see the results in the final scores, there are many things to like about what’s going on behind the scenes in this program,” said first-year head coach Seth Fair.
“This group has impressed me so far,” Fair continued. “Their daily approach to becoming successful is continuously positive and that’s refreshing. We have a roster of 16 players, which is also the most in recent history.”
Fair is supported by veteran coach Kristi Henn. Henn has not only coached at high-level for a long time, she was also very successful as student-athlete at Centerville High School. Henn is a two-time OHSAA State Doubles Champion (1978, 1979) for the Elk.
“Coach Kristi is amazing,” said Fair. “Her ability to take the game of tennis and tailor it to each individual’s own game is outstanding. We are lucky to have her on staff.”
The Lady Middies have a senior-laden lineup. Darah Morgan has led the way thus far as the Middies top singles player. Morgan consistently battles top competition.
Senior Savanah Prater and sophomore Julia Kovach also support the Middie effort in singles competition.
In doubles competition seniors Sierra Combs and Shelby Swanger have played well. Also, Junior Kate Miller has been a key contributor.
“While all of the ladies have stood out at some point, Morgan and Prater are really starting to evolve,” stated Fair. “Also, Miller has been an asset on our developing double teams.”
“Our team chemistry and how we represent Middletown is great,” Fair concluded.
The Lady Middies return to action on Thursday, September 1, at 4:00 p.m. They will travel to West Chester to face GMC foe Lakota West (3-2).