Lady Patriots Tennis moving in the right direction

Lady Patriots Maddie Fowler, (Coach Dianne Spence).
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The Lady Patriots Tennis Program is heading in the right direction with some good new talent and they are expanding in player participation.  This year the team had 17 varsity players and two young ladies freshman Maddie Fowler and junior Elizabeth Frier who were both named to Southwestern 4A All-Conference Girls Tennis Team.  Also, Fowler was selected the 2018 Conference Co-Player of the year.  She was a quarter finalist at the NCHSAA Women’s Individual Tennis State Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina this season playing against more experienced competition.

Fowler is currently a two star recruit with a National ranking of 433, Southeast 118 and in North Carolina 12th ranked freshman in the Class 2021 with a lot of upside potential.  Duke University has shown early interest and will be following her development and maturity.

The Top performers for the Lady Patriots this past season include the following athletes.

Singles Competition:

  • Madelynn Fowler – 14 wins 2 losses
  • Elizabeth Frier – 8 wins 3 losses
  • Kayla Ducar – 6 sins 2 losses
  • Kendall Barnes – 7-1
  • Maggie Mcdonald – 5-3

Doubles Competition: 

  • Fowler and Frier – 6 wins and 1 loss
  • Ducar and Katie French – 8 wins 3 losses
  • Barnes and Mcdonald – 8 wins and 5 losses

Overall, the team was 10-5 and 8-4 in the Southwestern 4A Conference.  Team awards were  given to Fowler as Most Valuable Player and Olivia Tonissen received the Coaches Award.

The coaching staff of Jan and Dianne Spence were named the 2018 Southwestern 4A Conference Coaches of the Year.  We are very proud of the Independence Girl’s Tennis Team.  The team did an outstanding job and the girls “Never Gave Up,” said Coaches Jan and Dianne Spence.

This team has many players returning along with their two current best performers in Fowler and Frier for the 2019 campaign.  We certainly should be looking forward to following these athletes over the next few years and observe how they grow and improve their overall performance on the court.

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