This year, the ABAC Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams attended nationals during subsequent weeks in May. The women travelled to Tyler, Texas, and the men to Plano, Texas.
The first week began with the ABAC Fillies leaving campus early Monday for the airport in Atlanta. Once arriving in the city of Houston, they travelled by van to Tyler where the ladies would spend the following days training and competing against 27 other schools from across the nation.
The first two days there were all about final preparations—aside from the opening banquet in which ABAC’s Number One singles player, Kelly Burge, was awarded as the Region Rookie of the Year. The Fillies held multiple practices daily on the courts they would soon be competing on.
On the first morning of matches, the intensity was immediately escalated as the women played their first round, determining which bracket they would compete in for the remainder of the week. The Fillies competed through the remainder of the week with a very positive energy. Support rallied through the stands as the Fillies cheered on their teammates to multiple successes.
The Fillies ended the week by coming in 12th place in the overall rankings, just shy of 10th place by one point.
On week two, the Stallions took flight to compete in Plano. The schedule was much of that of the Fillies, with matches beginning just after sunrise and continuing on through until just before sunset. However, the Stallions were unaware of the emotional surprise that befell them on the final day of competition.
ABAC Stallion Josh Page was able to clinch the national title for Number One Singles Players. In a video posted on the official page for ABAC Tennis, we see the players rush onto the court to celebrate his win after the final point ends. This occurrence was the first time since 1999 that ABAC has had a National Champion at No. 1 Singles.
The Stallions came home ranked as fifth in the nation.
“The Stallions and Fillies will be back in August ready to work hard and achieve greater things next year!” Coach Dale White said.