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CHS girls remain region's tennis elite

CLOVER -- The Clover High School girls tennis team continues to reign supreme in Region 3-AAAA.

The Lady Blue Eagles, region champions for the third year in a row, are hosting first-round state playoff action this week.

"I am proud of our girls for winning the region this year," said coach Renee Farris, adding several players had to overcome injuries during the season.

"It's been a team effort," Farris said. "Our kids work hard everyday at practice. We had players stepping up when they needed to. They did a nice job."

CHS boys tennis coach Phil Wingard assists Farris with the girls team.

"We began the season with a very young team," Wingard said of the Lady Blue Eagles' 2008 roster.

Both Wingard and Farris have been pleased with the individual progress team members have made, especially senior Sarah Cusack.

"Sarah has moved up to No. 8 on the team ladder and has won three of her four singles matches," noted Wingard. "She has worked hard and contributed to the success of the team this year."

Cusack competed as a seventh-grader when the CHS girls won the Class AAA state championship in 2003. After sitting out the tennis season her sophomore and junior years, Cusack decided to return this season.

"I came back because I missed the players and missed playing tennis," Cusack said. "I've worked hard to improve and wanted to make a difference."

Freshman Molly Miszkiewicz is another player that has worked hard to improve her game.

Miszkiewicz, the No. 2 singles player, finished the regular season with a sparkling 10-0 record in region play and 14-2 overall.

She had previously played No. 5 singles. She credits her success to attacking with her first serve.

"You gain an advantage when you get the first serve in with some zip on it," Miskiewicz said.

The Lady Blue Eagles hosted a playoff match Tuesday against Ridgeview and were scheduled to play at home Thursday, depending on the outcome of Tuesday's match.