Lynch, Agerland clinch individual spots at state

Holy Family will make an appearance at both the team and the individual Class A Girls State Tennis Tournament this year. For individuals, senior captain Sophie Lynch and freshman Ally Agerland will have the honor of representing Section 2A in State.

Both individuals played outstanding tennis at sections this past Monday. Ally played Sophie in the section championship and the match went to Ally with a score of (6-4, 6-7, 6-2). Assistant Coach Amy Dean commented on her athletes after the match: “We are so excited to have both singles players in State this year! Sophie and Ally played a very competitive match, which is very tough to do when it is against your own teammate. They displayed a high level of sportsmanship and team spirit the whole tournament! As we look to State, both their games have developed over the season to such a high level and we are excited to see the success they will have at State. Go Fire!”

As well as having an impressive section championship match, both girls also played extremely well in the section matches leading up to the championship. Sophie started off in a good position after being seeded first overall for singles players. Her first two matches were against TCU and Belle Plain, and she beat both girls (6-0, 6-0). Then, Sophie played Jordan in the semi-finals and won (6-3, 6-0).

Even though she lost to her teammate Ally in the championship she played a good match and commented on it after saying, ”I was anticipating [the tournament] all week! I could hardly wait to start competing, I’m so proud of Ally, she worked so hard to get to this point and I am excited to be going into the individual state tournament together!”

Additionally, Ally exceeded expectations, as usual, and even though she was seeded 6th in sections, she was able to come out on top. Ally played great matches all throughout the tournament; she beat TCU in the first round (6-0, 6-0), Sibley East in the second (6-3, 6-0), Jordan in the semi-finals (6-4, 6-2), and Sophie in the finals with a match score of (6-2, 6-7, 6-2).

“It was two fun days of tennis and I’m so excited that both Sophie and I get to go to state together. We have been working very hard this season and it is exciting to see it paying off,” said Ally. This will be Ally’s first time at the Individual State Tournament, probably not her last.

The two girls will also be competing with the Girl’s Holy Family Tennis Team in the Class 2A State Tournament this upcoming Tuesday, October 24th at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center. The team’s first match is at 8:00 in the morning against Virginia. Come out and support HF girls tennis!