County-rival tennis programs face each other for first time

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By Matt Birkholtz

For the first time in both schools programs, the Williamstown Lady Demons girls tennis team and the Grant County girls tennis team faced each other on the court April 7 at Webb Park in Williamstown.

Even though Williamstown swept the matches, Grant County is working on improving in their first year of the program after they were appointed a program at a September 2010 board meeting.

The Lady Braves program has five girls on the team, junior Sydney Tencza, sophomore Courtney Elliott, sophomore Emily Samuel, freshman Meghan Cross and freshman Courtney Ford.

“Based upon the first time we scrimmaged Williamstown three weeks ago and when we faced them for the first time in match format, there has been some individual improvement for these girls,” Grant County coach Corbin Brown said.

In the singles matches, Lady Demons senior Amanda Wilson defeated Lady Braves Tencza 8-1 in pro scoring, where the winner must win eight games in the match. In order to win a game, there is a point setting that starts out at 0-0 or love. A player must accumulate four points to win a game.

Wilson said she was happy with her performance, but also seeing Grant County improve themselves.

“They are in the same position I was in last year,” she said.

In her individual performance, Wilson said she could use some more practices.

“I haven’t had a lot of practices up to this point,” she said. “I just went into game action. I need to work better on my returns.”

Wilson said that the future is bright for Williamstown girls’ tennis.

“We are still a young program that is made mostly of middle school girls,” she said. “The Gallatin coach said that we are going to be a strong program down the road because we are young and the experience is going to pay off.”

In other singles matches, Brittany Elliott won her match 8-3 over Grant County’s Emily Samuel.

Elliott, a senior at Williamstown wanted to challange herself in the spring.

“I would sit around doing nothing at home after playing golf in the fall. I decided to do tennis, because it is different from golf,” she said.

She also likes playing with the girls on this team, because of the chemistry they have together on and off the court.

“I like the girls,” Elliott said. “The spirit of the team keeps us motivated.”

Williamstown coach Sean Binder was proud to see his girls compete and win their matches.

“I like how the girls have progressed this year,” he said. “However, we still need to work on our aggressiveness, while attacking the net and controlling the net during our doubles matches. I also would like them to work on their serving too.”

Next up for Williamstown is the Carroll County Invitational April 16 at Carroll County High School. For Grant County, they will head to Pendleton County to face the Lady Wildcats April 14.