Hurricane Michael left its mark on the Rutherford tennis courts leaving the girls team wondering if they would have a season, but these eight players weren’t going to let the damage stop them.
“These girls are the most resilient girls I have ever known, some morning we practice at 6:30 in the morning at the racquet club because the racquet club lent us their facilities in the morning and they are all there before I’m there a lot of the times,” Rutherford head coach Dashoan Olds said. “They are just ready to work hard and play together.”
Their resiliency paid off. The Rams are undefeated so far winning all four matches they have played. Now they get the chance to challenge themselves this weekend in Alabama.
“I’m really looking forward to what Mary said, the competition. It’s gonna be so great. Up in Alabama typically high school tennis is more played I guess you can say,” Rutherford captain Ari Cortes said. “So the girls are gonna have a lot more experience than us but it’s gonna be a great learning experience for the whole team and it’s gonna be great. You know, it’s gonna be fun and that’s what’s most important.”
The competition will be tough for the Rams. They will take on 16 teams and are preparing hard for all of them.
“I wanna see how we play when we are down. We haven’t had that happen too much yet. So this will be a great opportunity to see us play from behind,” Olds said. “To see how we handle being challenged on the court very well.”
The team knows that they wouldn’t have gotten to this point without the help of their coach.
“He’s really made this all possible, we would not be going there without him. There would be no tennis team without Coach Olds at Rutherford,” Cortes said. “This whole thing that we have going is because of him.”