The Mountain View tennis team, during their 2017 season, did a great job at creating an environment where everyone could be a leader and everyone could be successful.
Although winning a state championship is probably a goal for the future, according to coach Ben Dennett, “The girls did a great job of putting in a bunch of hours this summer to get closer. They’ve done a great job of creating a tennis family where people want to play tennis all year and get better.”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SEASON
Tennis won at Uintah the day before school started back in August. During that MV vs. Uintah tennis showdown, all three of the single matches went into a third set, overtime, and they were able to win all three to win the team match.
Tennis also beat Kearns and Lehi this season.
At a tournament in St. George, Savannah Evansen won two matches to win a gold medal, Kenidee Peterson came back from a 3-7 deficit to win a 9-8 match and Janessa Meiners beat a higher seeded player to get third in her group. Also, Sophie Glenn and Emily McKell beat Bountiful, which took 6th in state last year, and Abi Peterson and Cami Nakai got the sportsmanship award for their attitude and effort.
Kenidee Peterson, a senior, plays first varsity and singles. Here’s what she had to say about her tennis experience:
“Why do you love tennis?”
“I love tennis because each point is a new challenge. You never know what's coming until the ball is over the net and you have less than a second to decide where you need to be and how you need to hit it. I love that rush of having to think fast and act on those thoughts even faster.”
“Why do you play tennis?”
“I play tennis because it's hard and I like a challenge.”
“ What does tennis mean to you?”
“Tennis is my way to destress and push my brain and reaction speed to the limit”
“Why should people care about tennis?”
“People don't realize how much skill goes into playing tennis until they try it, but it really is difficult, and it takes a very dedicated person to excel.”