2019 girls’ tennis season comes to an end

Amelia Symons, Staff Writer

On October 19, the 2019 Girls’ Tennis team played their last matches. It was a sectional meet at Quincy High School. The Girls’ Tennis coach, Joe Brooks, took the top six players to this match. These players include Jaylen Heady, Maggie McCombs, Rachel Kaufmann, Izzy Cook, Sophie Homolka, and Laura Cannon. Unfortunately, the Jacksonville girls did not win enough of their matches to advance to the State matches. Previously, the same six girls had competed at a Regionals match held in Washington Park in Springfield, Illinois. There, they were victorious in enough matches to move on to the Sectionals. Previously, before the beginning of the tennis postseason, the team traveled to places around Illinois and teams from around Illinois came to Jacksonville. Some of these places include Rochester, Chatham Glenwood, Springfield Southeast, Quincy High School, Quincy Notre Dame, Jerseyville, Mt. Zion, and Springfield High School. This year’s team had five seniors, including Jaylen Heady, Rachel Kaufmann, Serenity Anders-White, Maggie McCombs, and Laura Cannon. Other team members include Maycee Hurt, Amelia Symons, Julianne Wilson, Grace Turner, Esha Kulkarni, Carly Eddy, Lilie Floyd, Kayley Miner, Chloe Birdsell, Contessa Brickey, Rachel Lay, Skylar Cambridge, Allania Lawless, and Nora Chaudoin. With 21 girls, the 2019 team has been the biggest team girls’ tennis has seen in a long time. The senior night was planned for the home match on October 10, but it was cancelled due to weather complications. Instead of being recognized at the tennis courts then, the tennis seniors will be recognized along with the football boys, marching band, and color guard at their senior night on October 25 at the Kraushaar Rosenberger Field at 7pm. In the near future, the girls’ tennis team is holding their annual end-of-season banquet. There, the seniors will receive gifts planned by the juniors and underclassmen, and both the upperclassmen and underclassmen arrange a gift to give to their coach, Mr. Brooks. Also, the players will celebrate on what a great season they have just ended and congratulate the seniors, who have just ended their high school tennis careers.