The more the merrier; increase in tennis athletes
By Angel Torres (03.31.10)
With their season coming to an end the tennis team has had a season full of fun times and tough opponents. In past years the boys tennis team had barely had enough people to even complete the team. This year the teams are complete and ready to go with new and friendly faces.
“This is a great group of students; beginners but they work really hard,” said tennis coach Gary Anderson.
According to Anderson the boys tennis team is having a good season, but the team needs to work harder and be prepared after each match. Playing sports is both an athletic and mental thing. Tennis is a sport that needs a lot of footwork, which is one of the key things the team needs to work on. Basketball players shouldn’t have any trouble with moving their feet because they work on their conditioning through out the basketball season, but having the physical body isn’t enough for this sport. Mental toughness is a main key that is needed in order to win.
“We need to work on fundamental skills, footwork, and obviously the rookies should watch tennis on TV which gives them more practice on the rules of the game and how its played,” said Anderson. “They should practice any chance they get.”
Having many new challenges this year makes the coach happy. All the players are ready and eager to learn and to play this new sport. Hard work pays off, whether they’re winning or losing. According to coach Anderson, students should know that having fun and working hard pays off in their future games and that they should always keep a smile on there faces. He says it shows the other teams that they conduct of good sportsmanship and great attitude.
“This is my first year playing,” said junior Leonardo Martinez. “My coach has a lot of patience and is willing to take his time and teach us the game rules. I would recommend for others to come out and play tennis next year because its a fun and competitive sport.”
Private coaches for students here at Carl Hayden are no where to be found, since shortages of money have been going around everywhere and students cannot afford to pay for them. Without the extra help these student learn from playing good tennis players and one day will have a chance to defeat them in future games if they consider involvement next year with the tennis team.
Varsity coach Erika Resch simplifies the game to those who are new
By Monica Contreras (03.02.10)
Erika Resch talked about her season’s first steps in her casual manner. Just like her players, the tennis coach seems to approach the game with no worries in sight.
A Tuesday match against Westwood set the scene. Seniors Ana Vizcarra and Tiffany Nieto sat in front of the court at a table barely visible under backpacks, equipment, and plenty of junk food. The two girls watched the match go on; it went on the same way their conversation did.
Vizcarra is in her fourth year of tennis, and she finds it as the most challenging. It was in PE with Resch, around second semester that Vizcarra was brought into tennis.
“We played in PE, and it was fun. I learned a lot in freshman and JV,” said Vizcarra. “This is my last year, and I want to do the best. When you’re on deuce [tie-breaker], you’re that person that has to make that shot. It’s pressure.”
She goes on to say that playing released anger, feelings that seem to go against the way she hung loose, and ate Doritos. Even with all the extra cardio and fast-paced ways of tennis, Vizcarra still thought it was easier than badminton.
“Ana’s an agressive player,” said Nieto with a chuckle. Vizcarra shakes her head and refers to herself as more of a “joker.”
“I play better when I’m not serious,” she said. “You have to have fun at the same time.”
Resch has a plain way of explaining tennis to those starting anew. Scoring begins at Love (which the coach thought of as an odd name), adds up to 15, 30, and ends at 40 for the game point. There are six matches in a set.
“Basically, you serve and the ball bounces back,” she said laughing, the Today show playing on the staticky TV in her office. “It’s an honesty sport that teaches character.”
Quick feet play a key in matches, so Resch focuses on sprinting across the court for speed. The girls must also work out their upper body movements such as forward and backhand strokes, speaking in Resch terms the many racket movements.
“It’s not easy for sure, it’s a lot of footwork,” said Nieto, who is in her first season of tennis. “I had to learn the play of the game, the rules between singles and doubles. The backhand, and controlling the ball, not making it over the fence! It’s surprising for me to make varsity in my first year.”
At that time, the relaxed conversation let them talk about their future plans and goals. Vizcarra brings up her aim to attend an in-state college to study nursing and perhaps play tennis there.
Resch later comes across the table and puts some balls in a shopping cart, the rackets sticking out. She talks to the Westwood coach, a friend of hers, and writes down scores.
“I want to work on having experience and winning our District games,” said Resch. She regards to her two players at the table. “You work, work, work and in here you relax,” she said.
The coach was at ease when she walked over to her car and tossed her bags into the trunk. The team had lost their matches that day, but anyone outside the team wouldn’t have realized it.
Unlike other sport’s atmospheres, things were just too simple.