By Maia Huddleston
With a dual match record of 6-5, the Mattoon High School girls tennis team is very proud of their progress throughout their 2016 season.
MHS senior Rachel Ervin was the most excited about winning the Apollo conference as a team and stated that the girls, “came from behind at the last minute.”
“I am extremely proud of my team’s performance at Apollo conference. We knew it was going to be a battle between Mt. Zion and us going in, and we fought hard and got the job done to win our 5th consecutive conference,” MHS senior Chloe Anderson said.
Ervin stated that matches this season are “no safe bet,” and added that conference was, “more of a team effort.” Along with team unity,
Anderson believed personal strength to be the biggest determining factor that played into her team’s success throughout the season.
“We have a lot of really talented players, and what really affects the game of tennis is the mental game, so mental toughness is definitely huge on the court,” said Anderson.
In order to prepare for Sectionals, the girls practice every day and try their hardest to do their best work.
“I think Sectionals is going to come down to how we perform that day, but I know we have the talent, ability, and desire so it just comes down to everyone having an ‘on day,’” Anderson said.
“If we’re playing as hard as we know we can, and we keep a positive attitude, then we can win,” MHS sophomore Kyla Doty said.