Day one of the Class 7A state tennis tournament was moved to the Walton Life Fitness Center in Bentonville, because of the rain. Playing on indoor courts rather than outdoor ones did not affect many of the players.
“I kind of liked it,” said Heritage’s Alye Darter. “I don’t mind playing outside either, but inside you’re able to control it more.”
“Outside you have to worry about the wind and the sun,” said Bentonville’s Emma Baker. “The atmosphere is just completely different. Inside it’s quieter and you don’t have to worry about the things going on around you as much.”
The semifinals and finals will be played on Tuesday. One of the athletes competing for a state title is Heritage Sophomore Alye Darter, the defending 7A girls singles champion.
“Since there is a lot of pressure it is hard to do it again,” said Darter. “I am hoping I can just compete like I did last year.”
“She is the favorite and on one hand its pressure and on the other hand it is a good kind of pressure, because you want to be the one to have a target on your back,” said Heritage Girls Tennis Coach Tiffany Taylor.
No matter the outcome, the chance to compete against the best in the state has been a great experience for the players.
“It’s a great opportunity to play against people all over the state,” said Baker.
“I love my team and then you bring in the other teams that are from around the state and it’s just more fun,” said Darter.
If the weather cooperates the final day of competition will be held at Heritage High School. The semifinals will start at 10:00 AM and the finals will be played at 2:00 PM.