Augusta Prep’s Brooke Stevens already has two Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA individual state tennis titles, but for now she’s using a different serve.
The sophomore is in the midst of her second season with the Lady Cavaliers volleyball team and is making her mark there as well.
“We’re able to utilize her, her offensive strength all the way around the court, not just on the front row,“ said Lady Cavaliers head coach Rich Bland. “She’s getting a lot of sets out of the back row. You can see it in the stats, she’s second or third or first in every statistical category.”
She is second on the team in aces, using a powerful jump serve. She is second on the team in kills.
Stevens enjoys volleyball, and not because it is a cross-training sport for tennis.
“It’s a team sport,” Stevens said. “Tennis is just by yourself and it’s a really big mental game, and to take a break with volleyball, it’s so much fun. It’s like you have someone there to support you.”
When asked to choose between tennis or volleyball, the answer “tennis” comes quickly and decisively. Even now, she still finds time to play tennis on the weekend with her older sister Jennifer.
“She’s won so many (tennis) nationals that I’ve just always grown up trying to be like her,” Stevens said. “I just want to follow in her footsteps, because now she goes into dental school. That’s sort of what I want to go into.”
There’s also a family connection for that.
“My dad is the head of oral maxillofacial surgery (at Georgia Health Sciences University) and ever since I was a little kid he would show me the photos of kids he fixed and all this stuff and no blood gets to me,” she said.
By the time it’s time to go to college, Stevens would love to go to a top Division I tennis school, specifically Duke or the University of North Carolina, but she will definitely have options.
“I have a couple of offers now on the table,” Stevens said. “There’s tennisrecruiting.net, and you can see what schools checked you out, and Brown has looked at me and a couple of big schools.”
Going to an Ivy League school is on her wish list if her top tennis schools don’t work out. Her father was in the Air Force and her mother the Navy.
To get ready for the volleyball season, Stevens went to a three-day camp at the University of Georgia.
“She is such a dream to coach,” said Bland. “She’s one of those players that wants to get better, would do anything for the team and is always pushing herself to be a better player.”
Stevens is focusing on what the team can accomplish.
“Win state,” Stevens said. “Most definitely. We lost to the winners of state last year by a couple of points in our region tournament and I think we can get ’em this time.”