It will be hard to re-create what the five seniors on the Greenbrier girls tennis team have accomplished.
Heather Frazier, Katie Krupp, Blaire LaSure, Molly Lee and Brooke Sanderson entered Greenbrier as freshmen in 2008, and when they leave they will have won four 2-AAAA region championships and have three state final four appearances.
They hope to make another final four at the least, with the 2012 AAAA Girls State Tennis Tournament starting today.
They have played tennis together since before high school, and they all consider themselves to be a family.
“They’re all my family. I can go to them for anything and they’re always going to be there,” Sanderson said. “We depend on each other. When one gets down, all four of the other ones are there to pump that one up.”
Molly Lee and Heather Frazier were doubles partners this year.
It is easy to see why they succeed on the court as the conversation flows rapid-fire between them.
“We’ve known each other for a really long time, so it’s easy for us to get along and know what each other is thinking,” Frazier said.
“We just knew how to play with each other right when we walked on court the first time,” Lee said.
As the girls prepares for their last chance to win a state championship, they know the tournament will be their final moments playing competitive tennis together. All five will attend different colleges.
Krupp will play tennis for Georgia College and State University, LaSure will play for Kennesaw State University and Sanderson will play for Carson-Newman College. Lee and Frazier will attend the University of Georgia and Georgia College, respectively, but won’t play tennis.
They don’t plan to let the distance affect their friendship.
“Hopefully, we’ll stay close,” Krupp said. “I know we’ll keep in touch somehow. It will be different since we won’t be on the same team or anything.”
With the addition of two strong freshmen, Lauren Batchelor and Morgan Taylor, the team might be the strongest it ever has been.
“We’ve gotten so much better as a team as a whole,” LaSure said. “This year, hopefully, will be our best year and we’ll win state.”
“All five seniors, plus the two freshmen that have played this season, we have worked so hard for this,” Lee said. “So it will be really, really great if we can at least win our first final four match and get to the finals of state. It would just mean so much our senior year.”
Head coach Brittany Jackson came in at the same time with the five seniors and has seen them progress on and off the court.
“It’s been great. They’ve been a good group of girls to coach and get to know and build relationships with,” Jackson said.“It’s been exciting, it’s been a good journey.”