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April 4, 2014

Tribe Tennis: Day poised for swan song at 16-4A tourney



Katy Day also produced big dividends for the Tribe, having garnered regional appearances in three of her four seasons at Jacksonville, according to Hanna.

Ellie Day summed up her feelings about the situation this way.

“I wish I had a younger sibling to pass it along to them, but I don't, so I will have to focus on leaving with a bang so my older siblings will be proud of me,” Ellie Day said. “I just want to end well and I want to what the Day's always do and that is to do the best I can; that's really the most important thing.”

Ellie Day said that although she has won multiple district titles, there still will be pressure (and butterflies) when tournament play opens.

“I'm always nervous before the district tournament or regionals,” she said. “But, I'm really excited about the chances that our girls have and I hope that we are able to win the girl’s (first place) medal again.”

Ellie Day has achieved so much during her days as a member of the Tribe tennis team that one could possibly think that it would be difficult for her to put her finger on a single best memory.

Without question, there was no doubt in Miss Day's mind what her primary memory was.

“Playing as a freshman with my brother Mercer,” Ellie Day said. “It was a lot of fun to be able to play varsity tennis with one of my siblings.”

Hanna said that he is expecting big things from his team at the district meet.

“I like our chances,” he said. “I really am looking for our girls to repeat as district champions and our boys want to improve at district over what they did last year.

“I think the key is if our No. 2 players can step up and hold their own and get us some points, that we will be ok.”

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