Tuesday, September 29

junior tennis league

Carly is playing in a USTA junior tennis league this fall. The league consists of 6 teams across our county. The kids range from 12th grade to Carly, who is the youngest of the group.
There are 8 kids on her team, The Servers, 4 girls and 4 boys. They are paired up to play girls and boys singles, girls and boys doubles and mixed doubles. Carly is playing mixed doubles.
Carly's partner is 12 and in the 6th grade. They didn't know each other before practice started a couple weeks ago but are warming up to each other {4th grade girls and 6th grade boys don't usually talk to each other}. The kids they played appeared to be about that age too.
Carly and her partner lost their match 1-6; 6-2; 9-11.
Although they lost, Carly played really well. She played hard and smart. She did many of the things that she has been practicing. She started out a little nervous but calmed throughout the match and seemed to play better the longer the match went on {which was about an hour and 45 minutes}.
Even though they lost, she was jazzed when it was over.
She had a great time and is ready for the next one!


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

I love the vividness of your photos, Kim Sue. I think tennis is such a great sport to have in your arsenol. Good for Carly. (An hour and 45 minutes seems loooooong for that age, was it?)

Celeste said...

Very interesting pairing. Can't wait for the next one. Real glad she was excited about it.

Jill said...

What a cool experience for her! I'm glad she was happy with how she played. So often we are pushed to play our best when we are losing (and often end up losing) and that's way more valuable than winning easily!

Natasha said...

Go Carly!

Dawn said...

Carly needs to give me lessons. I would love to see her play...looks like she's pretty awesome.