Three Spartan Tennis Players Qualify for State


Kali Keough (9) prepares to hit ball back to opponent in her second match. Photo by Avary Eckert.

Avary Eckert

The Regional Tennis meet took place on Saturday, October 8, and three Spartans qualified for state.  Kali Keough, playing singles, and Peyton Chanley and Ashlynn Foraker, playing doubles.

Going into the tournament the players had nerves but were still extremely excited for the chance to qualify for state.  Peyton Chanley (9) said, “I am excited to be playing in a tennis tournament with many talented tennis players.”

In order to make it to state, you have to win the first match and win one other to qualify. Kali Keough finished in second and played very well. She described her third match to be the most challenging because of a rough start. “The most challenging part of the meet was when I dropped the first set in my third match but I refocused and won the next two sets.”

   The doubles team was a new combination and going into the regional tournament had no record because they had never played together before, but despite that, AshLynn Foraker felt they played well. Foraker said, “I think it went well, me and my partner both communicated and proved how much we wanted to get into state.” 

   Leading up to the state tournament, the Spartans believed that they needed to focus on making less mistakes. Kali Keough said, “I need to work on my serves, making less mistakes, and not crumbling under pressure” 

   The state tournament takes place on Friday, October 14 and 15 in Andover.