Coming off one of the most historic weeks in program history, the women’s tennis team once again takes the spotlight as the feature team of the week in their 4 p.m. road match against Oakwood Tuesday, September 20.
Less than a week earlier on September 15, CJ women's tennis celebrated the grand opening of the Eagle Tennis Center with a crowd of about 200 teammates, coaches, students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends. The impressive turn-out at the team’s inaugural home match against Beaverceek is a trend senior co-captain Allie McMahon hopes will continue at the new six-court venue.
“Having all of the support from the CJ community, our past team members, the boys tennis team, and everyone who came out Thursday was really exciting,” she said.
McMahon and fellow seniors Mary Haley, co-captain, and Ruby Fortson, newcomer, have helped steer the Eagles into second place in the GGCL Grey North. The three upperclassmen round out the varsity’s balanced attack which consists of two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman.
“We can’t all play together on the court as a team, but we are a family,” explained Haley. “We support each other, we cheer from the sideline, and if a teammate is losing a match we all feel like we are losing a match.”
The girls’ all-for-one, one-for-all mentality will be put to the test as the post-season begins during the first week of October with Sectionals at Centerville High School. But before tournament time, Haley said the Eagles are hungry to christen their new courts with a home victory this week.
“On Wednesday we play Carroll, then on Thursday we play Fairmont and both are home matches…,” Haley said, before pausing to think aloud.
“Man, it is so nice to be able to say ‘home matches!’”