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Maya played her first competitive doubles match in eighth grade while getting a taste of her potential in the sport. A year later as a freshman she became more skilled and knowledgeable about the game and with her partner Anna finished second in the state at 4 Doubles. As a sophomore she earned a spot at 1 Doubles with her partner Emily, winning a regional championship, earning all-conference and all-state honors and playing in the state semifinals. Her junior year she served as a tri-captain and enjoyed a stellar season with her partner Lauren at 1 Doubles. Along the way, they captured all-conference honors, a regional championship, and all-state recognition while finishing second in the state. A member of the National Honor Society, Student Congress, and 2019 Homecoming Court, Maya will continue her education at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Hannah’s first year at Christian High was full of excitement and new experiences. Making the Varsity Tennis team as 3 Doubles was a highlight for her freshman year. She loved the team so much not only because they won 2nd place at state but also for the cohesive and compassionate team spirit. She was inspired by the captains who led by example both on and off the court. Hannah played 2 Doubles her sophomore year and made more friends on the team. For her junior year, Hannah co-captained the team with Annika and Maya, and played both 2 Doubles and 3 Singles during the season. It was a tough year, but the team still had a lot of fun together. Her favorite team bonding activity was pizza and ice cream outings on Saturdays. To her, Varsity Tennis is not just a sport to play, but also a journey of overcoming oneself, perseverance, caring and standing strong for others, a stage to display Christian faith through both good and bad times. Although her senior season ends before it starts, all the laughs, tears, and friendships from the past three years will always be her memories of the Grand Rapids Christian High Girls Varsity Tennis Team.
Grace’s first year of tennis was in her sophomore year where she played 3 Doubles. It was during this season that Grace discovered her love of tennis and her tennis teammates! She made the varsity team in her junior year and embraced her role at 4 Doubles. She and Calista Bremer made an amazing run in the state tournament to capture a state championship by defeating the 23-1 #2 seed in the semis and the 30-0 #1 seed in the finals. Grace’s favorite memories are the team sleepover/trip to the airport and road trips to tournaments. She is grateful that she was part of such an awesome team filled with amazing young women. She is also thankful for Coach Tim’s leadership and sense of humor in all situations and his ability to get her motivated to play her best.
Annika started her freshman year on Varsity at 3 Doubles and earned her way to 2 Singles her sophomore year and 1 Singles her junior year. Her hard work and determination made her a natural leader. This would have been her fourth year on Varsity. This all-conference and all-state player challenged her opponents with her powerful serves and smart net play. This season would have been another outstanding example of Weeber's competitiveness and love for the game. Her ability to bring out the best in people will serve her well in whatever life path she chooses. She has committed to attend Hope College and play tennis there this fall.
Lilia took up tennis her freshman year with only a few tennis lessons under her belt. She played on JV for two years and was a co-captain of that team her sophomore season. She was so excited to make the Varsity team last year and played at 4 Singles. She grew a lot as an athlete and teammate her junior season. She maintained a great attitude throughout the year and capped off her season by winning her first-round match at the State Finals. Inspired by her junior season, Lilia worked hard during the off season improving her game. We are disappointed we won’t see her compete her senior year, but we are so proud of Lilia’s love for Jesus, her family and her teammates. She has committed to Hope College next year to begin her journey toward being a nurse practitioner. We are excited to see how God will use her to further His kingdom.