MOUNT VERNON — The 2019 tennis season is full of new friendships and new experiences.
Fifty-one members of all experience levels joined the Mount Vernon High School team with expectations of lots of fun and positive vibes. The previous year, the Mustangs had 34 girls participating.
One obvious reason for the jump in number this year is the new tennis courts built on school property.
In previous years, the courts were located farther away and were in unsafe condition. This year’s participants are able to play on brand-new courts, as well as have home tennis meets just steps away from the high school.
The vibe of the tennis team is another draw for new participants. Mandy Morrical, a junior, is a first-year tennis player and has really enjoyed the experience.
“I love the girls on the team; they’re so much fun,” Morrical said.
The highlight of the sport, to her, is getting to “create new friendships with new people.”
Morrical also enjoys the low-stakes environment of tennis.
“Tennis is a really fun sport with no expectations of being good or bad,” she said, “so girls of all skill levels can go out and have a good time.”
Mount Vernon tennis is an inclusive club that has gained popularity in the past year.
Junior Megan Zobac is playing in her third season and his enjoying the new courts and the growth of the program.
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“I feel like more people joined tennis in the last couple of years because of how laid-back tennis really is,” Zobac said. “My freshman year only around four people went out from my grade and this year so many people have joined.”
Zobac said a reason for this new enthusiasm could be because they all “talked about how fun of a sport tennis is.”
The Mustangs lost to Xavier on Monday in a team regional semifinal, but singles and doubles regionals are Wednesday.