|Club||Ben Hestley||Druid Hills Golf Club||atlanta||GA|
|High School||Morgan Carney|
|USTA Section||Hand||Bench Press (max)||Wingspan||Vertical jump||Avg. Serve MPH||Best Serve MPH|
Starting in 2010 my USTA tennis team out of Druid Hills Golf Club made it to state 6 different times, won 4 of the time and continued to sectionals 3 of the times. My High School team my Sophomore year made it to the GHSA State Championship and came in second losing to North Oconee High School. As a freshman I started the entire season at 3 singles and 1 doubles. My Sophomore year I started at 1 doubles the entire season.
My sophomore year of high school varsity tennis, my team was in the semi-finals playing Woodward Academy. I was playing 1 doubles with my normal partner. We had won the 1st set in a tie breaker and were up by two games in the second set. I went back for a high forehand and got my hand stuck in the fence. I continued to swing through the shot and slightly dislocated my right shoulder.I immediately dropped my racket and screamed for my coach. The Woodward sports medicine coach told me I needed to stop playing immediately or I may be out for very long time. At that point my match could determine if we went to state or not and I knew I was going to be out for a couple months if I played or if i did not play. So I continued to tell my coach I needed to finish this match. She was worried but knew how upset I would be if she took me off the court. She called my parents, who were out of town, and my dad, being the competitive man he is, told her I needed to finish my match if I thought I could. I took a quick break and got myself together. When we started the match again, I barely could swing through the ball. The girls we were playing started targeting me because they knew I was now the weak player in this match. I returned a volley and felt a pain in my shoulder worse than I had before. I started to tear up but I was not going to give up.
When it was my turn to serve I served an extremely soft underhand serve and it messed with the girls head. My partner continued to tell me we could walk off the court but we were so close to winning and that was not a choice anymore. Finally it was my partners serve and she finished out the set and we won our match!! Shortly after 2 doubles won their match and we knew we made it to state!!!
I went to a doctor the next day and he told me I would have to stop playing for a couple months and I was very lucky it didn't dislocate completely. I told him this may be my only time EVER to play in state finals and I was going to play. He knew I was not going to back down so he referred me to a physical therapist that I went to 3 days that week and went to the St. Pius sports med coach every day to try help my shoulder.
It was finally the Saturday of the championship and I was in more pain than ever but I was stubborn and would not sit out. We started our match and had already played the team twice earlier in the season. My shoulder was taped up and I was not allowed to volley or serve over hand. I started off the match with my underhand serves and won the 1st game off weak serves! From there I got frustrated at myself because I could not play the way I normally did and started playing even worse. We soon lost the match and I was very frustrated that I was not able to help my team at all. I realized that there was nothing I could do about it anymore, but I made the decision that If i could play with a slightly dislocated shoulder then I could work hard and heal my shoulder. From then on I have been determined to go to college to play tennis. I am an extremely determined player and will not give up a match without a hard fight. I may not be as tall or strong as some players that you are recruiting but I can guarantee I will be the hardest working recruit you will ever look at. I have been cleared to play since September 2017 and since then I have hired a trainer to increase my speed and strength, I have reached out to many coaches around atlanta to get different advice and I am more determined than ever to play in college! Tennis is what keeps me going everyday and being on a college team, even if I am just there cheering on my teammates and maybe playing exhibition matches, is what I am determined to do.
On my high school varsity team I am the captain (as a junior) and love to encourage everybody to be the best player they can be. I also take advice from them and let me correct me so they know i am not trying to critique them and be bossy, I am just trying to give any advice to help them improve their game. In school frequently participate in class discussions and bring up new points/ arguments. This allows for new conversations to be started and in some cases helps other students understand what we are learning about.
I pursue my athletic performance as a student athlete by putting school work first but never missing a practice. I have tutors to help me stay ahead and keep my grades up.
I started a fundraiser to raise thousands of dollars for childhood cancer research. For the past two years I have raised close to $15000 and then ran a half marathon both years in honor of certain Cancer patients. I also volunteer at homeless shelters and certain down syndrome events almost every month!
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