It’s an exciting time to be a part of the tennis programs at Smyrna High School. While the girls team has gotten off to a good start with their 6-1 record, the 2-5 boys team is having fun with their new head coach Clay Lloyd.
Two highlights so far in the season are the second doubles teams on both sides of the program as they are undefeated – 7-0 – a few weeks into in the season.
Seniors striving for excellence
Seniors Gabby Pope, 18, and Katie Morgan, 17, are friends off the court, which they feel has contributed to their success on the court. Coming into the season, it was the goal of the twosome to play doubles together.
“We have the chemistry. We play well together,” Pope said.
For Pope, she’s been playing tennis all her life and is a four-year varsity player on the team. Morgan didn’t begin playing until her freshman year but joined the team because it looked fun; this is her second year on the varsity squad.
What’s been their favorite match of the season? Their 6-0, 6-1 win over Caesar Rodney, Smyrna’s only win in the match. Morgan said the win was exciting and they hope to do well against the Riders when the play them again later in the season – Friday, April 27.
While the remainder of the season will see some tough matches for the Eagles against Indian River, St. Thomas More, Dover and Caesar Rodney again, the girls are ready. They hope to go 15-0, win conferences and do well in states.
“We have very high expectations for ourselves,” Morgan said. “We strive for excellence.”
New to the game
The duo of senior Cody Cummings, 17, and sophomore Josh Allison, 15, at second doubles on the boy’s team has proved to be a bright spot. The funny thing is that Cody and Josh are relatively new to the game. This is Josh’s second year playing and first on varsity; Cody has never played the game before.
“This is my first year playing. I played over the summer and had fun,” Cummings said.
On top of that, the boys just met but instantly played well together.
“We’ve got good movement and we’ve got a lot of hustle,” Allison said. “It’s just nice to know if one is getting frustrated, the other one can calm us down. We work as a team.”
Like their counterparts on the girl’s team, beating CR – the only win on the boy’s side against the Riders – has been a highlight of the season because CR is typically good at all sports. As a whole, the duo are happy with their play so far.
Page 2 of 2 - “I’m really happy with how it’s turned out, especially beating the higher level teams,” Cummings said.
The early wins, Allison said, gives them confidence moving forward in the season. So what is their goal for the season? To finish with a winning record and do well in conferences.
A friendly challenge?
Pope and Morgan think it’s amazing that Cummings and Allison have done so well early in the season. Are the girls ready to challenge the boys to a match? Yes they are as a matter of fact.
“We could probably beat them,” Pope said.
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