With high stakes on the line, the Greenbrier girls tennis team used the same formula it has all year.
The Lady Wolfpack took little over an hour to dispatch the Bainbridge Bearcats, 5-0, in the round of eight in the GHSA AAAA Girls State Tennis Tournament. In the three state contests so far, the Lady Wolfpack (15-0) have impressively registered 5-0 wins each time.
The win sent the Lady Wolfpack to the state final four for the fourth-consecutive season, which was a goal, but they want so much more.
“We were close before, this is the year we can do it,” said Heather Frazier, one of the five seniors on the team. “We’ve done it for four years, we’re practiced.”
The team of Frazier and Molly Lee won the match 6-0, 6-1. Lee felt good about the team’s chances heading into the final rounds.
“We’re more confident than in years past,” said Lee.
The doubles team of Brooke Sanderson and Lauren Batchelor were the first to finish, winning 6-0, 6-1 in under an hour.
“I’m so excited to have a chance to be in the final four,” said the freshman Batchelor. “It’s an honor to travel with this team.”
Sanderson was confident that the team can keep winning the way they have been.
“I feel like we can do this all the way through the finals,” said Sanderson. “We just have to play smart.”
Senior Katie Krupp, who won her singles match 6-1, 6-0, thinks the play of Batchelor and freshman singles player Morgan Taylor have been important.
“The new freshman are awesome,” said Krupp. “They’re a great addition to the team.”
Taylor also made it through her match with ease, winning 6-1, 6-2.
“It’s exciting, it’s definitely a rush,” said Taylor. “I love these girls to death. They’re so fun.”
Four-year, number-one singles player Blaire LaSure had conflicting emotions following her 6-2, 6-1 win.
“I feel very excited, but it’s our last year so it’s kind of sad,” she said. “It’s definitely our strongest year and we have a real good chance to win state.”