Both Lydia Miller and Madison Graham have completed their senior year as tennis players for the Lady Stallions of Queens Grant. These two amazing young ladies are also best friends and very competitive on the court, especially Lydia Miller who is the three time, conference singles champion.
Lydia advanced to the state tournament in Elkin, NC in an attempt to win a state championship. She was placed as the No.1 seed in the conference and received a bye in the first round of play. In the second round, she won her match against Mia Taggart of Gray Stone Academy 6-0, 6-1.
In the third round, her next match, Lydia defeated North Stanly No. 2 seed Kari Crowell 6-4, 6-4. This win propelled Lydia into the Championship Round. She faced the North Stanly No. 1 seed Merionne Hunt and achieved a solid 6-3, 6-1 victory. Her teammates were so excited that they celebrated the win with an ice-bucket dump on Lydia.
The next match in the Championship Round Lydia defeated her opponent from East Wilkes rather easily 6-1, 6-1. Then she entered the final round of the state championship tournament and faces her toughest competition.
The match was very close, going back and forth between Lydia and the competitor from Lincoln Charter School. During the match in the middle of the first set, Lydia suffered a wrist sprain or injury and was never able to fully recover against a very determined and talented tennis player. She lost in the semi-final round 6-3, 6-4, putting a bittersweet ending to her high school career.
Lydia, who is a fierce competitor, never gave up. She fought and played through the injury and gave all she could. Unfortunately, her drive and competitiveness were not enough to overcome this very talented player who was expected to compete with Lydia prior to the tournament to earn the title of State Champion.
Meanwhile, the two senior girls, Lydia and Madison “Madi” had a great senior day held in Veterans Memorial Park in Mint Hill late last month. The entire team was present along with the coaches Tim and Florene Miller and Athletic Director, Coach Daniel Kerr, to honor the girls.
Madison was on the team for the past three years and was a real asset to the team. She was basically a walk on with some encouragement from the coach. She took the plunge and quickly improved her tennis skills and was able to play competitively while making a significant contribution to the Lady Stallions program.
Congratulations to these two Lady Stallions who will be moving on to college next fall and will be able to pick-up a tennis racket and enjoy a good round of tennis. However, Lydia’s friendly opponent on the other side of the court might be in for a big surprise.