The A.C. Flora girls tennis team has played five matches so far. In those contests, the team has a perfect record at 5-0 after their recent victory against Chapin on Monday.
Last season, the Falcons captured the 2018 SCHSL AAAA girls tennis state championship under the direction of head coach Amy Martin and a core of nine seniors. With such a large departure of talent after last season, one might expect a significant drop-off in the team’s performance. Now, five matches into the season and with a little more than a month to go, it is looking like the Falcons have another shot at competing for a second consecutive state title.
One reason that the team has been able to bridge the gap from one season to the next is simply the quantity of the Falcons’ roster. With B-team, junior varsity and varsity added up, the girls tennis team has a total of 55 athletes. One might call it reloading, but coach Martin attributes something else for her filled roster.
“To me, this is a lifetime sport.”
Coach Martin credits the life lessons and skills that come with the game of tennis as to why her team is filled with such a large group of athletes.
The Falcons don’t have too bad of a coach either. Just a few weeks ago, coach Amy Martin was named as the top High School coach in the Richland One school district. It was a distinction that she did not take lightly.
“It was unexpected, but a very nice honor.”
The Falcons will wrap up regular season play at the end of October. By then, fans can expect coach Martin to have her team running like a well oiled machine. Just don’t tell her that.
“I’m very superstitious about those things.”
Coach Martin doesn’t like to focus on what could happen in the future, choosing instead to focus on the now.
The Falcons’ next match is on Thursday, September 12 at Cardinal Newman School.