By Lloyd Jones
FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy girls' tennis team key this season has been each player's heart.
The Raiders finished the season with a record of 2-4, losing their final two matches of the season in a doubleheader to Kents Hill on Monday by identical 4-1 scorelines.
Emily Grzyb was the only Fryeburg player who won her singles matches at No. 2 both times.
"We played the two best teams the towards the end of the season and it was a good experience and challenge that they looked forward to facing," Chris Chaffee, Raiders' head coach, said. "Obviously we would have liked to won but the girls did their best and that is all I can ask of them."
Coach Chaffee talked about the heart his squad displayed this sponge.
"They all had a lot of heart," he said. "Every player on the team had great team sportsmanship to each other and to their opponents. They also had a positive and winning attitudes. I think the girls learned what it really means to persevere. No matter how many times they fell they learned to pick themselves up and find the will to keep going. That is an important thing in life is to learn you are going to make mistakes and you are going to lose but it's about the struggle. In struggle it reveals your character to either quit or to keep moving forward. You are stronger when you can get up learn and keep fighting and grinding.
"By having the vision of not giving up and by showing that your best effort is what defines you," he continued. "The girls have dedication and spirit because they remained positive and eager to come to practice and to come to every match with the mentality of believing they have the will to improve and are going to prepare well. As a coach those qualities are what makes winners and it is the qualities I have always believed in."
- Category: High School