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Tennis notepad: Hawks shrug off injuries, look ahead

The Brooke Point girls tennis team had high hopes entering the spring. The Black–Hawks returned five of their top six players.

However, this season hasn’t gone according to plan.

Three of Brooke Point’s top six players have missed significant action with injuries as the Black–Hawks have won just one of seven contests to open the season. They’ll try to get back on the winning track on Tuesday when they host Orange.

“We lost only one senior from last year,” Brooke Point coach Karen Miller said. “So the beginning of the season looked promising.”

Miller declined to name the players who are injured. She said the rest of the team has stepped up in an effort to make up for the losses, but it hasn’t been quite enough. She’s hoping the injured players will return after spring break, which begins next week.

“Absolutely,” Miller said of the season possibly getting back on track with the returns of those girls. “When you get three of your top six back, you’re bound to get a boost mentally as well as physically. We’ll just have to see how that pans out,” Miller said.

The Black-Hawks’ lone victory this season came over North Stafford. Miller is hoping the experience Brooke Point’s young players have gained in the absence of the three standouts will bode well for the future of the program.

“I think they’ve all stepped up,” Miller said. “And now we also have a few year-round players. I think that’s going to help Brooke Point in the future.”

—Taft Coghill Jr.

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