All In, All Match, All Season

The Fort Atkinson Girls Tennis team comes together and competes with safety regulations during a shortened season.

Angela Unate, Staff Writer

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The uncertainty of school being online or in person left sports up in the air. Luckily, with some regulations set in place, the Fort Atkinson Girls Tennis team was able to return to the courts.

Fort Controls The Court – Esther Jones finishing her serve during a match.

This season was one like no other. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety regulations were set in place to protect players and coaches. Coach Michael DeRubeis expressed his positive attitude towards the situation, “Sports can provide a balance and help with our physical, mental, social, and emotional health that teams have been missing for the past six months. I feel if we had to make some minor changes in order to play it was worth it.”

DeRubeis’s positive attitude resonated with the players and prompted team captains, Olivia Granec and Brynn Torrenga, to implement a theme for the season; all in. Torrenga explains the theme as, “Meeting your goals head on and putting your full effort into the game.” Coach DeRubeis shared a similar opinion on the theme, “It’s about committing to yourself and acting like a champion; positive, humble and mentally tough.”The “all in” mindset finally paid off when the girls beat Baraboo 4-3 at home. “We played some of our best tennis of the season,” said DeRubeis, “All the matches were competitive and the little things made a difference in the close matches. We had our ups and downs, but our mental toughness and focus made a difference in the end.” The girls won very close matches against Baraboo to help bring home a hard earned win for the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks.

Despite the season being cut short due to COVID, the Fort Atkinson Girls Tennis team was still able to complete 70% of their season. Throughout this shortened season the girls were able to secure a team win on their home courts. More importantly though, they created a positive environment for success offering promise for future years.