Wolfpack Tennis

Wolfpack+Tennis

Reo Lee

The Plano West tennis team won against South Lake Carroll at the end of November, winning a total of 15 games out of the 21 matches played. The games played consisted of boy’s singles, girl’s singles, boy’s doubles, girl’s doubles and mixed doubles.

West tennis is in the 6-6A district of UIL, having many successful and impressive feats in the region. They are a five times state champion, eight times state finalists, and hold many other titles as a strong co-ed high school team.

The last 2019-2020 UIL season was virtually spotless, the end of year record being 21-3 wins. The only schools the team did not win over were Coppell, Allen and Dallas Highland Park, with those matches being close in scores.

Although there had been a delay in the start of all fall UIL sports this year due to the current global pandemic, the new season began smoothly for the West tennis team. Starting the year off strong, the team was getting consecutive wins.

Prior to this game, the team had already played against 10 other high schools in the same area, kicking off the season with a win against Allen.

As an outdoor sport, tennis had fewer changes to the sports environment this year, but guidelines were still set and strictly enforced to ensure the safety of all players and spectators alike. The Friday game brought parents and student supporters, watching while socially distanced and guarded with masks.

The team knows that they have a reputation to uphold, which pushes all the players to go the extra mile in preparing for each game. Janet Pham, a senior player whose match was one of the first finished on Friday, shares what it is like to be part of Wolfpack tennis.

“Tennis is a sport that’s definitely both physically and mentally exhausting,” Pham said. “Plano west is one of the best teams in the state, so Coach demands we put in the work, like 1 hour per day outside of school.”

Other than playing for the West team, Pham shares that many other players including herself dedicate time training outside of school hours, ranging from private matches to self-conditioning.

“We all practice as a team roughly an hour during the weekday,” Pham said. “But I, like a bunch of teammates, play competitively outside of school in tournaments.”

Although tennis can be seen as an individual sport, the team coming together is what makes the Wolfpack strong.

“Definitely a great team this year, really great and connected,” Pham said. “There really is not anything like playing with the back behind your back because you are playing for something that is bigger than yourself, so it definitely pushes you.”

With the fall season coming to an end Pham explains that the team has already had their eyes set on one central goal that all players and coaches share.

“Coach Walker and others love to point at the big state champ sign and flash their rings to show how awesome it is,” Pham said. “We really [have] the potential and all of us train with that in mind.”

The tennis team successfully finished their season and thanked everyone for their support of cheering the Wolfpack on during game days at home and during visits to other schools.

“I will admit [tennis] is really time-consuming and you really learn how to manage your time,” Pham said. “But honestly just being in the pack makes up for it all, it is just really fun to play the sport you love with people you love.”