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PBHS Tennis

Megan Kirby, Co-editor

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        While school is slowing down and summer is just around the corner, the PBHS tennis team is in full swing. The varsity tennis team has had a successful season. They have won six out of seven matches and all three of their tournaments. The team’s goal is to win sectionals, which they won last year, and go on to win the quarterfinals.

        Mr. Harper, a Spanish teacher at PBHS, has coached the boys’ team for fifteen years, but has only coached the girls’ team for two years. Coach Harper lived in Paraguay for most of his childhood, and attended Missouri Southern State in Joplin. The most challenging thing for Coach is, “dealing with players of various abilities.” It can be difficult for him to focus on the experienced players while trying to help the players who are just starting out. His favorite part of being a coach is developing relationships with the players. Sometimes retired players who graduated, “come back around and come out to the courts and play with the other guys,” which Coach Harper appreciates. He’s hoping to improve the team’s skill level and help the team and individuals achieve their goals.

        Humza Siddiqui, a top player, is one of six seniors. Siddiqui has played tennis since 8th grade, and has been on varsity all four years at PBHS.  His personal goal for his final year of tennis is to win districts in singles and to get one more win in order to advance to state. For the team he wants to, “repeat as district champions and advance deep into the state tournament.” So far his record is 11-1 in singles and 7-1 in doubles, and he won the singles title at the Poplar Bluff Invitational tournament. Hitting the ball and playing reduces stress for Siddiqui, and he loves that it keeps him in shape. He feels the biggest challenge for the team will be, “repeating as district champions.”  In the past two years Siddiqui has dealt with injuries that have caused him to miss matches, and this year he hopes to stay healthy so that he can go on to win districts in singles. He believes that Oakville or Farmington will be the team’s biggest competitor. His toughest competition is Alex England of Farmington, the winner of last year’s district title. This year, Siddiqui plans to defeat England and take the district title.  

        Another star player, senior Trenton Nepean, is a newcomer to the sport, having played for only two years. Trenton is number two on the team, a goal he achieved this season. This season Trent wants to “compete for individual districts and do my best to move on to sectionals.” Nepean enjoys a challenge and tennis drives him to compete. He also gets to play with some of his best friends, which he enjoys. His biggest challenge and goal is districts individually, and to beat Siddiqui, his toughest competitor and teammate.

     The PBHS tennis team is steadily working toward their goal of quarterfinals this season.  They have three regular season matches and two tournaments left before districts. Let’s go out and support these athletes. Go Mules!

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