By Matt Hill
Matney Plyler may be a newcomer to tennis, but on Thursday she played like a seasoned veteran under pressure.
Plyler won her match 7-6 against Unicoi County at Fishery Park in Erwin.
Overalll, the Lady Longhorns played their best match of the season in a 7-2 defeat to the Lady Blue Devils.
The boys fell to Unicoi County 9-0 against a loaded Blue Devil squad.
Plyler just started playing tennis this year, but is finding success with it. She has already enjoyed two match victories in five attempts.
Plylers match on Thursday went to a tiebreaker and she was able to find a way to pull it out.
Matney has really worked hard and for someone who has never played tennis before to have two wins this year is pretty impressive, JCHS Tennis Coach Steve Nave said. Shes getting much better and I think she is going to be a good player later on.
Nave is impressed with the outlook that Plyler has approached the game with.
Her overall attitude is great in everything that she does, he said. She focuses on doing things the right way. I think that is her best attribute.
Nave couldnt be happier with the work ethic she displays.
Matney is at practice every day and just always wants to learn something, Nave said.
Plyler was not the only bright spot for the JCHS girls on Thursday.
Sophie Knudsen and Aubrey Tribble won 6-3 in their doubles match against Unicoi.
Knudsen is a foreign exchange student who just happened to decide to take up tennis once she got to the United States.
Knudsen has taken a liking to tennis and has embraced the sport.
Nobody loves the game more than Sophie, Nave said. She wants to play when its snowing or raining. She gets mad when we dont play. Shes leaving in a couple of weeks and Im glad she got a win.
Knudsen has been a joy for Nave to coach.
She loves this school and everybody she has come in contact with, Nave said. Shes just a great person.
Tribble is a converted softball player who is starting to have success on the tennis court.
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