WESTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School girl’s tennis team is talented and competitive but is young and inexperienced. With repetitions and experience, the consistency needed to win will come. As the development process takes time, Head Coach Jason Rock’s Lady Bucs will inevitably suffer some growing pains.
After being swept by Philip Barbour by a 7-0 tally in their first of two home matches on Monday April 11, the Lady Bucs responded by picking up their first three team win of the year, in consecutive order, by beating Fairmont Senior at home 4-2 later that day, before beating both Robert C. Byrd by a score 5-2 and Grafton by a score of 5-1, at home the very next day on Tuesday, April 12. The Lady Bucs then traveled North on I-79 to Bridgeport to take on the Indians for a road match on Wednesday, April 13. The Indians handed the Lady Bucs a loss with a 7-0 clean sweep of the evening’s matches.
The Lady Bucs entered the back stretch of their full slate of games last week with matches against Lewis County on Thursday, April 14 and John Marshall on Saturday, April 16. Buckhannon-Upshur narrowly lost to the rival Lewis County Minutemaids, dropping a close series 4-3, before suffering a 7-0 setback to John Marshall.
While it was a mixed bag of performances for the young the Lady Bucs tennis team over the past week, it seems that the young Lady Buccaneers tennis team has finally began to turn a corner in its development as a team. While tennis is an individual sport, the athletes still push each other to be better in practice, meaning the entire team improves together at a steady pace. These wins will provide a huge confidence boost as the Lady Bucs continue to battle their way through the 2022 campaign.
Coach Rock took the time to comment on his nightlights of the week, saying, “I was particularly excited for Lainey Rowan, who got her first-ever win in singles. Watching all of her hard work finally pay off was special. She has put in the work over the last year or so, doing everything she can to improve her game, and so I’m sure it was a rewarding experience for her. Now that Lainey has won, every individual varsity player and doubles team has gotten a win this season which was something that our team set as a goal heading into the season.”
Rock also commented on the level of competition his played this week, citing John Marshall as an especially lethal opponent saying, “We played a lot of good teams over the last week. Bridgeport was really solid and John Marshall had a fundamentally sound group of girls that were hard to beat because they didn’t beat themselves.”
The Lady Bucs 3-4 week, capped off with the pair of losses to Lewis County and John Marshall, moved the Lady Bucs to 3-11 on the year. While it was a rollercoaster, up and down week for the Lady Bucs, the girls still managed to nab their first three team wins of the year, which is certainly something to build upon going forward.