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Smashing Expectations: New Season of Girls Tennis

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Sarah Ramsbacher

Agua Fria High School is getting prepared to start an exciting spring Tennis season with an abundance of girls joining this year. One of the most notable changes this season is the addition of Coach Rams as the new head coach for the girls team. As practice starts up again, the girls aim to focus on both improvement and enjoyment on the court. 

The anticipation for this upcoming season is strong as the girls are fueled by Coach Rams’s presence and energy. “I’m really excited, especially because we got a lot of girls to come out this year. I’m excited to have a new team and bring people to the sport of tennis” said Rams. The team is getting prepared for the challenges this season will bring and all the opportunities for growth. Coach Rams fills the team with energy that affects everyone, contributing to a positive team environment. Rams’s teaching style helps with technical skills and just really the basics of tennis saying, “I’m excited to approach player development by working on the basic skills, like ground strokes, serving, and volleys, in the first few weeks before matches start, and even having indoor lessons where we talk about fundamentals of tennis”. 

An abundant number of girls, many of whom are new to the sport, have decided to join the team this year. Because of this seasoned players, along with coaches, are able to help guide and instruct those who are just starting out. This sport can be challenging, but the team collectively is learning and experiencing the difficulties that come along with playing the sport. Nonetheless, the team is quickly grasping the basics. Their eagerness to learn positively impacts the team, which makes them a great bunch to watch. Other experienced players have taken roles as guiding their new teammates through drills, strategies, and other elements of match play. 

Beyond technical skills, the girls fostered a supportive and positive spirit where each player is encouraged to make their best effort to improve. “I really want players to feel confident in their ability before they actually have a match, and just stay really consistent in drills and practice time,” said Rams. All in all, these girls are gearing up to take this season head on with new experiences and goals for each match. Come out to Pack The Nest, February 28th against Tempe, and be sure to come to their Senior Night April 9th against Dysart!

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Lilianna Gomez, Lifestyle Reporter
In a world where people could only listen to @liliannanoel on Spotify. This is Lilianna (famous Christmas song) Gomez. She has lived in Arizona her whole life. Lilianna is currently a senior at Agua Fria and Captain of the Tennis team. She is the newest addition to the Lifestyle team in Journalism and is 18 years old. Lilianna spreads love and emits positivity to all of those around her. Part of the National Honors Society, Link Crew, Badminton, Tennis, Student Council, and the Senior-to-Senior program, Lilianna Gomez is very much involved in the Agua Fria community. In Student Council, Lilianna is a part of the advertising committee, being responsible for many of the posters we see posted around campus and at pep rallies. Lilianna is obsessed with all things music-related. Her favorite artists are constantly changing as she loves all music genres and is always finding new artists. Her family even named their dog after the famous Reggae artist Bob Marley! She joined Journalism in the hopes of improving her writing skills. As she progresses through her senior year, she plans on attending Arizona State University for a degree in Architectural Design. Her all-time favorite class that she has taken at Agua Fria is AP Psychology with Ms.Rams. She enjoyed learning about ways she could integrate psychological concepts and topics into her daily life. Also, Ms.Rams is her favorite teacher. She has had an immense impact on her life; she strives Lilianna to put her best foot forward and enjoy every moment. Also a part-time college student at Estrella Mountain Community College, Lilianna takes great pride in her educational journey. She hopes that these classes will shape her into a more intellectual student and citizen of this world. Her favorite recreational activity is playing tennis at Friendship Park with her father. Additionally, she enjoys going out for Yogurtini after every match with her friends. She loves shopping with her mother; they are always out together on the weekends enjoying one another’s company. But, one cannot come to understand Lilianna if they are unaware of her love for thrifting. Lilianna loves going on thrifting trips with her mother - to Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and many more places. Lilianna finds great pleasure in repurposing other’s clothing to add to her closet. She has adored her four years at this school. She hopes that she can continue to spread kindness and information through her articles through Journalism.

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