Varsity Tennis Experiences Districts

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The Varsity Tennis team fought hard for the “W” (win).

Rachel Dearing, Staff Writer

After two years of not being able to compete in districts due to COVID-19, the varsity tennis team was finally able to participate in this exciting event. Lake Mary Prep’s districts were held on Apr. 11 and 12. LMP’s assistant Athletic Director, Kathy Benefiel, hosted this year’s districts at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry. 

The teams included in the 1A district were: Trinity Preparatory, Windermere Preparatory, The Geneva School, The First Academy of Leesburg, Circle Christian, Mount Dora Christian Academy, and Lake Mary Preparatory. 

The team arrived at the courts at seven in the morning to get a proficient warm up before their first matches at eight. Since there are five singles lines and two doubles lines, they started with girls in line one and then alternated girls and boys. The United States Tennis Associations (USTA) allows players to play at least four matches a day. In districts, each match consists of two sets of six, and if the player split sets, they will play a ten point tie-breaker to decide the final win. 

Both Carolina Hubbard and Rachel Dearing made it to the semi-finals against Geneva. Blake Curtis also made it to the semi finals and Virginia Miti made it to the finals.

When asked how her district experience was, senior Carolina Hubbard said, “I had a lot of fun at districts this year. It was nice that we were able to compete this year. I really enjoyed the season and our team bonded super well with each other.” 

Since this was the team’s first year going to districts since the pandemic, they were excited to be back out on the courts competing. Captain Arianna Kamvar said,  “This year, we’ve gone against some of the toughest schools in the area. With that being said, I’m extremely proud of everyone because of their fighting spirit they displayed there. There were many close matches, and, even though we may not have won them all, everyone has a small victory for being there and fighting for every point, game, and set.”