Friday, November 15, 2013
Waccamaw High School tennis players Catalina Carr and Lindsay Costin have been friends and training partners for three years.
Now they have one more thing to share: both have been named to the North-South tournament, where they will join other Lower State players in matches against Upper State players.
“It really is a great honor because all the work I put in all four years have paid off,” Carr said.
“I’m really excited,” Costin said. “I think it’s really special since me and Cat are going together. It’s a good ending to my tennis with the school.”
“It’s a great way to end their senior careers,” said Lady Warriors coach Joan Cribb. “Both have been playing hard for three years.”
Both girls started extensive training after the Lady Warriors won a state title in their freshman years.
Carr said training and tennis lessons were sometimes hard, but she doesn’t regret it.
“I don’t look back and say I wish I trained less,” she said.
Carr and Costin were captains this season, along with Lizzie Farmer, who was nominated for the North-South team.
“Coach Cribb came to us more for our opinions with dealing with things,” Costin said. “She gave us a lot more responsibility with the team as far as setting an example. If something wasn’t right she needed us to fix it.”
“This was a good group of captains,” Cribb said. “They were always positive. They were great role models.”
Carr, Costin and Farmer came up with the idea for the team to eat breakfast together every Thursday morning at Eggs Up Grill in Litchfield.
“It was a good bonding experience,” Costin said. “You really got to know each other [outside of] tennis.”
Both girls believe Waccamaw has an excellent nucleus of young players going forward.
In addition, the team never knows who may join the squad when the next school year begins.
“At the end of last year I wasn’t expecting to have Sydney [Derrick] and Ali [DeSpain],” Carr said. DeSpain and Derrick played No. 1 and No. 2 singles for most of this season. Carr played at No. 1 on occasion, but played mostly at No. 3.
Costin battled an injury for part of the season that kept her out of singles competition. But she found her niche in doubles.
“It’s nice to have somebody else on the court with you,” Costin said. “That way I could really loosen up with the team and not have so much pressure on myself.”
Neither girl plans to play competitive tennis in college, but both want to continue to play recreationally.
“I really enjoy playing with my dad and family,” Costin said. “My whole family plays tennis.”
The North-South tennis tournament is Nov. 22-23 in Greenville.