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The Girls Tennis Season Has Officially Come to an End

Laci Lister
Sophomore Lindsay Ruder competes during her match against Olathe North on September 28th.

The girls tennis season officially ended on Friday, Oct. 13 with sophomore Lindsay Ruder placing seventh at State.

Ruder plays varsity and finished third at Regionals. 

 “I was able to go to State and place this year, so that was one of my goals and I met it,” Ruder said. “So, [it] ended up being a really good season.” 

Ruder said that placing in the top eight was her goal for State, so she was happy with how it turned out for her. 

“I want to try to get top four next year,” Ruder said.

In addition to Ruder going to State, the JV team had a successful season, celebrating many wins. One of the JV players, junior Melayna Murphy, says she is proud of her team for being able to beat the other schools.

“You know, we played tougher schools and we won more than we have in past years so I’m really proud of our team,” Murphy said.

Everyone on the varsity team was very close this year even though not everyone made it to State. Ruder said one of her favorite memories from the season was when two of her teammates came to support her at State.

Head girls tennis coach Colby Mnich went on to talk about how hard the team worked this season. 

“Our doubles teams are both really solid, they compete with each other,” Mnich said. “But beyond that, they pulled off some big wins in some big tournaments.”

Mnich said one of his favorite parts of the season is getting to watch the players compete and win matches.

 “And even when we have competitive matches where it’s close and we lose, but we learn from our mistakes and move forward,” Mnich said.

Murphy explained that her favorite part about playing tennis is the competition aspect of it.

 “I really like when I’m pressured because it helps me be more focused and be more dedicated or motivated to win,” Murphy said.

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Avery Mathieu is a junior staff member for the Owl Post. This is her first year on the staff. The other activity she is involved in at Olathe West is theatre. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, crocheting and listening to Taylor Swift. 

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