By: Hayley Baker
OwlFeed Managing Sports Editor
Meet your AFHS women’s tennis team. These girls are mostly returners with two new people. These girls have been practicing hard for a few weeks to prepare for their 15 matches they have ahead of them this season.
The team is lead by senior Jennifer Lopez who has been playing varsity for 3 years now. Other members of the team are Monyka Kim (senior), Alexis Charles (junior), Anna Lucas (junior), and Ashley Robinson (freshman).
For some it’s their first year playing, like freshmen Ashley Robinson. “I’m nervous, but I think once I get out there and start playing, the nerves will go away,” Robinson said.
Some players are worried about specific teams. “Desert Edge and Tempe have been playing a lot longer and have more experience,” Jennifer Lopez said.
“I’m excited to see how we can improve and how many matches we can win this season,” Lopez said. It’s her second year as team captain. She admits that although sometimes she doubts herself, she knows that she will be able to come through and lead her team well.
The coach of the team is Mrs. Siau, known on campus as “Chief.” This is her second year coaching tennis after coaching JV softball. She played tennis all four years of high school and took lessons for two years after that. She is excited to see how the season goes and how her players improve. She enjoys having “a team of returners,” that being Lopez, Charles, and Kim.
“My biggest pet peeve as coach is when I have to repeat myself,” Chief says. Lopez agreed, adding that “I also get mad when she shows us how to do something and we still don’t get it.” Regardless of the little frustrations, Chief is happy with her team and their progress so far at practice.
I got the chance to view part of one of their practices and see what the girls go through each day. They start off by running a mile before actually stepping on the court.
The men’s and women’s teams are split up between the 6 courts, men on the north and the women on the south. Not long after, Lopez and Charles stepped onto the court and began to practice with Chief hitting the balls from the other side with the rest of the girls sitting and drinking water taking a break after their run.
Their first match was February 26th against Bradshaw Mountain, they sadly lost 2-7. Hopefully they do better on their next home match against Barry Goldwater on March 5th. Go out and support these lovely ladies!