Tennis season rolls around

Tennis is a sport that is growing in popularity throughout the United States, mainly due to the great exercise and competitive nature it provides. The Fuquay Varina High School women’s tennis team is off to a solid start this season, with a record of 6-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play. 

The Bengals started with two tough losses out of conference to open the season against Middle Creek and Apex, but responded in a massive way with four consecutive wins to open up conference play against South Garner, Garner, Willow Springs, and Clayton. Unfortunately, back-to-back losses against tough conference foes Cleveland and Corinth Holders brought the Bengals record back to .500 on the season, but they responded nicely with dominant wins over South Garner and Garner to improve their conference play record to 6-2, which puts them currently in third place behind Corinth Holders and Cleveland.

“So far, the season has gone really well for us. Everyone on the team is fun and hardworking. I could not ask for better teammates or a better coach,” said senior Neve Yocum.

The head coach of the team, Marshall Wortham, has been tenured at Fuquay as both the men’s and women’s varsity tennis coach for nine years.

“We’re a very experienced team with nine seniors. Our goal is to compete for every match and come out with the win,” said Wortham.

Individually, senior Natalia Molanphy is undefeated (6-0) for the year in singles and doubles as well. Her partner is fellow senior Maryn Williams. Also tallying a great record as an individual thus far is junior Paige Connors, who is currently 8-2 overall in her singles matches this season.

The tennis team has been able to give players different opportunities on and off the court.

“I like tennis because it is a really fun sport to play. It has allowed me to meet some of my best friends and has helped me grow my confidence,” said Yocum

 Teamwork and a great work ethic this season have allowed members of the team to play to their highest level of tennis possible. 

“The tennis season so far has been the best year and the best I have ever played. I plan to play up to my highest potential and win while still having fun,” said senior Gianna Losito, “One of my favorite parts of being on the tennis team is getting to warm up with my friends.”