The Georgetown High tennis team honored its two seniors before the team's match against St. James at Litchfield Racquet Club Oct. 23.
Avery Claire Benton and Jyah Bonds started playing for the tennis team when they were in middle school. Now, they have completed their final regular season match of their high school careers.
“It’s kind of sad,” Benton said. “When I started playing tennis I loved it but I wasn’t the best. So I started playing every day and playing tournaments and it became a big part of my life.”
Benton has been the No. 1 player for Georgetown for the past two years and said she has handled the No. 1 spot better this season than she did as a junior.
“Last year I would stress myself out a lot and get in my head,” Benton said. “This season I haven't stressed out as much and have got a better result because of it.”
Georgetown head coach Grace George said she believes the girls have learned a lot since they first started and is sad to see them go.
“They have made a lot of friends and learned a lot in the process,” George said. “It’s sad to see any group go but I think they have enjoyed their time on the team.”
The Bulldogs fell to St. James 4-2 in the non-region match. Both teams used the match as a tune-up before they compete in the state playoffs. The junior varsity teams were also able to play matches.
Bonds was the Bulldogs No. 3 on Tuesday night and finished her Bulldogs regular season career with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Emily Viele.
“I was really excited because this would be my last tennis match with the team ever and I was just hoping to win,” Bonds said. “It felt really good I could finish my last home match with a win.”
Bonds was down early in the first set, but rallied back to take a 7-5 first set victory. She said after all of the senior night excitement, it was difficult to focus early on in the match.
“Everybody is watching you so you want to make sure you play well,” Bonds said.
The Bulldogs are four seed in the SCHSL 3A playoffs and will face Gilbert for the third consecutive year Wednesday. St. James will travel to Dutch Fork. George said that while it's a long bus ride to Gilbert, she hopes her team will benefit from previous experiences.
“We’ve been there and done this before,” George said. “Many of these girls have been to the playoffs before. It’s exciting and it’s a challenge.”
Benton said she is confident her team will be able to advance.
“We’ve played them twice and beat them twice,” Benton said. “I think we will do well. I know their No. 1 is pretty good, but I’m not worried. I think it will be a good match.”