Court Reconstruction Leads to Closer Team
As tennis Coach Mika Hunter pulled into the Riverside parking lot one day this summer, she glanced toward the courts. She saw a pile of rubble.
Hunter knew that the tennis courts were going to be renovated, but did not know when.
“I have a very mixed opinion. I’m ecstatic about the repairs but I’m disappointed at the timing,” Hunter said.
Principal Joel County says that the courts will be finished by Oct.1. Hunter is bummed for the seniors on the team because these repairs are going on during the whole girls tennis season, leaving the girls no chance to play on their home courts this fall.
With no home courts to practice or play on, the team has been forced to practice at Whippoorwill Park. Hunter stated that these bus rides and the Riverside tennis courts’ conditions has enabled her team to “band together and rely on each other.”
Despite the challenges that the renovations of the tennis courts have posed, Hunter still has high hopes for her team this season. She would like to see the team make it to Regionals while the returning players compete at a higher level and the beginners gain more confidence. Their first match is Tuesday Sept. 3 against East Chapel Hill High School.
Aug. 31, 2013