Lansing High senior Trinity Hall had one goal this season in tennis – get back to the state tournament. After making it a year ago in singles, Hall felt like she had to repeat an appearance and prove to herself that she got better this year.
Hall qualified for the state tournament for the second year in a row with a 14-10 record on the year.
She feels like the pressure of returning to state made this year a harder year than last year.
“Honestly, it was a little bit harder,” Hall said. “I played against a lot of new girls. And I just had that pressure to do that again, whereas last year it was kind of a new experience being on varsity. So there was less pressure (last year) for me to do as well as I did.”
Hall said the hardest meet this year was regionals.
“I would have to say regionals,” Hall said. “Because of that pressure to make it to state. I knew I had to do well. At the same time, I was also missing the homecoming game, which I really wanted to go to. But at the time, tennis was more important so I had to sacrifice a lot of stuff to do what I did. I don’t regret it, but it was probably the hardest meet.”
On top of the pressure, Hall also had to deal with the weather with a five-hour delay.
Hall’s head coach, Eddie Fenton, said he felt some of the same pressure to help get Hall back to the state tournament.
“It felt really good (to have Hall qualify for state),” Fenton said. “I think I had some of the same feelings that Trinity had with the pressure of going back with her and the doubles team. There was some excitement in her qualifying, but also almost equally as much disappointment in our doubles teams not qualifying like they did last year.”
Although Fenton is disappointed with the doubles teams missing out, he is proud of the program. The Lions continued the streak of having at least one player qualify for state that dates back to 2012. Fenton said it is a combination of items to make the program successful.
“I think it is a combination,” Fenton said. “We got some parents invested in the program. The girls want to do something in the summer to get ready for the season. That helps us. It’s easier for them in a way. As soon as the school year is done, I get them that next Monday and we have them up until the season starts. Then we start practices. That’s kind of built in for them.”
Fenton also mentioned how the boys’ season being in the spring causes challenges with all the time apart from August to March.
Hall’s state tournament will be the last time that the senior plays tennis as a Lansing Lion. While her time with tennis is almost over, she will continue with another sport she loves equally. Hall will continue her swimming career for Lansing later this school year and while she is undecided on a college, she does want to continue swimming in college as well.
For the girl’s tennis team at Lansing, Fenton sees the future as a challenge.
“It’s going to be a challenge to see the same level of commitment,” Fenton said. “Since I’ve taken over, I have been fortunate that the girls ready to step in were the ones that were ready to do that in the summer. Right now I got some of the younger kids who are pulled in different directions so we will see what happens next summer. So we will see what happens. It’s going to be a new experience.”
The 5A state tournament will take place at Emporia High School this Friday and Saturday.