Wawasee Tennis

Wawasee Celebrates 2016 Girls Senior Night

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Thursday night before the match versus Northwood, it was time to celebrate the Lady Warrior seniors. Wawasee has 4 team members who will be graduating this year, including captain Jazlyn Gehlhausen, captain Charity Parker, Madison Cooper and Brooke Fick as well as 2 foreign exchange students (Charanyapak Supanavanichakul “Aom” and Diki Gomez) leaving the team.

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Wawasee’s Head Coach Shane Staley commented on this year’s group of seniors and the event.  “I’m happy and heartbroken at the same time,” he commented.  “I’m excited for them as they get to graduate the program, move on and begin their lives as young adults.  I’m also sad to see them leave, as they are a big part of the team and we’ve really worked hard together over the past few years, growing together as players and coach. This particular group of seniors is a stellar ensemble of girls.  They’ve been great leaders, amazing human beings and hard-working athletes.”

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The Lady Warrior team will have some important spots to fill in 2017 as all 4 seniors were on the varsity squad.  Jazlyn Gehlhausen played #1 singles, Charity Parker was the main fixture at #1 doubles and Madison Cooper and Brooke Fick were doubles partners at the #2 spot. The two foreign exchange students were steady contributors to the JV squad with Aom playing singles and Diki playing doubles.

Coach Staley commented that what was most notable about this group of seniors is that they were selfless, embracing the rebuilding of the program even though they knew the results wouldn’t be seen in their time as players. “They began with a program that was down, not very competitive, with a revolving door of coaches,” Staley explained.  “It’s unfortunate, but it happens a lot in high school. It would be easy for each of them not to care about the program, knowing that it would take years for me to rebuild it to be a competitive one, but each pitched in and fought to make it better. They are and will always be a big part of the foundation of a better program in the years to come.”

Check out some images from the ceremony…

 

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