The NS girls tennis team finished up their season on Oct. 7 at the state competition where they tied for tenth, a big improvement from last year.
Even though NS didn’t win, assistant coach Craig Clark was happy with how they played.
“We did a lot better than last year–we weren’t at the bottom and we had some really good matches,” he said.
First doubles, Janey Christensen and Mckenna Nielson, won their first match against Union, 6-1 6-4, but came up short in their second match against Bear River, 1-6 1-6. Second doubles had a close match but ended up losing 5-7 6-7 (5).
First singles Lydia Madsen lost to Grantsville, and third single Nicole Day lost to Pine View.
Second singles Hannah Ostraff also had a close match but lost in a third set 6-2, 3-6, 4-6. Ostraff has been battling a shoulder injury the last two weeks.
“I had to really focus on my placement of the ball instead of power,” said Ostraff. In the first set Ostraff moved her opponent a lot, but as the game continued, the balance shifted and her opponent moved her instead.
If Ostraff could change anything about the season, she would go back to the state tournament.
“I was up 4-3 in the third set, and I should have pulled it out,” she said. Ostraff is excited because she is only a junior and has the chance to come back next year.
NS had high hopes going into the region tournament but fell just short of their goal with a second place win.
“We had a lot of close matches and a couple of disappointments, but overall we did good,” Clark said. At region, Madsen and Ostraff both took third. Day and second doubles team Howard and Candice Clark took second. Christiansen and Nielson were region champions in the first doubles category.
NS is losing eight seniors this year, five of which were on varsity. Even though they only have two varsity members returning next year Clark isn’t worried.
“We had really good depth this year,” he said.
At the JV tournament NS was able to walk away with eight medals, sweeping the upper singles category. NS is ready to come back strong next year.