The Broadway High School girls’ tennis team are off to a 10-2 overall record through last week as the team heads into the final matches of the Valley District regular season.
“I think that my girls have played great under hard circumstances,” said coach Neil Summers, in his seventh season. “They have stepped up and represented Broadway High School in a Class A manner.”
The Gobblers opened the season with four straight wins before falling to Spotswood. Since then, Broadway has been on a six-match win streak with many of the wins coming by big margins.
“We have a strong team from top to bottom,” said Summers, a Broadway alumus who shares coaching duties with Mike Greaver. “Each girl contributes in their own way, whatever seed they play.”
The Gobblers have the top two singles players in the district in junior Holly Knupp, top seed, and sophomore Sarah Donaire at No. 2.
Five juniors fill the rest of the ladder: Kara Armentrout, third, Olivia Driver, fourth, Whitney Cash, fifth, and Bayley Skidmore, sixth, and Lindsay Hess, seventh. Junior Jule Frenz, sophomores Alexandra Lee and Kelsey Taylor and freshman Katie Smith round out the squad. Hailey Jenkins is the team manager.
Knupp and Donaire are both undefeated at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and as the Gobbler’s top seeded doubles team.
Summers did not respond to a request for interviews with his athletes.
Heading into the district tournament in mid-May, Spotswood looks to be the clear favorite—undefeated in district play, they beat No. 2 ranked Broadway 7-2 early in April. The Blazers have lost two matches this season to Western Albemarle and Handley.
Broadway has a chance to see their improvement during Friday’s rematch at home.