The Polk County Middle School tennis team. Front row, left to right: Sheila Rodriguez, Nathan Cline, Will Hatmaker, Henry Monts and Ashley McHarge; back row, left to right: Drew Bailey, Cody Pace, Deven Dufford, Payton Stott and Grace Mollette. (photo submitted by Kenneth Alexander)

Polk middle tennis ‘improving fast’

Published 9:08pm Tuesday, October 9, 2012

According to Polk County Middle School Head Coach Kenneth Alexander, the team is a young one; five of the six starters are seventh-graders (rookies – only seventh- and eighth-graders play middle school sports). The team has 10 players, six boys and four girls. Middle school tennis is co-ed, with no distinction between the genders.
“We have lots of fun,” Alexander said. “Most [of the players] had never played competitive tennis before this year. They have improved much during the season. The final scores of our last two matches do not reflect the competitiveness of the match. Many of the games played went to deuce, which says a lot about our hard-working group.”
Coach Rachel Hall is a volunteer assistant this year, which Alexander said has been a tremendous help.
– article submitted
by Kenneth Alexander

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