The 2009-2010 HHS tennis team has begun their season. The team includes Daniel Meeks, Drew Foote, Alex Harrod, Caitlin O'Neal, Haley Rice, Laura Shaver, Farrah Dixon, Honey McMillan, Maddi Bierbaum, Perla Hernandez and Hope Shaver. The team's coaches for the second year are Stephanie Bierbaum and Kayla Jackson. The team only has five returning players. Meeks, Rice, and Shaver are third year veterans, and O'Neal and McMillan are second year players.
All the team members will be playing both singles and doubles tennis throughout the season. The first regular season practice game was September 1 at Drew Central in Monticello. Both boys, Daniel Meeks and Drew Foote, lost their singles matches, but came together to win their three doubles games. Farrah Dixon and Laura Shaver won a doubles match, and Haley Rice came close to a win in her two premier singles matches of the season. Caitlin O'Neal and Honey McMillan worked together as doubles partners again for the second year against the Drew Central girls. Hope Shaver and Perla Hernandez came together as doubles partners for their first game ever and won.
The team participates in over ten matches during the season before traveling to Pine Bluff on October 6 for the district tournament. This tournament includes the entire 8-4A conference and will determine which players move on to the state tournament. The top three players from boy singles, boys doubles, girls singles, and girls doubles move on to state. State will be held at Arkadelphia on October 19-20.
The team got ready for the season this summer by taking lessons at the Monticello Country Club from Crystal Noble. Noble held lessons every Wednesday for the last months of summer vacation. Many of the returning players and new players alike chose to get better and went to as many sessions as possible. The team is looking forward to the competition. Caitlin O'Neal stated, "We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but I'm looking forward to playing all the games."