Coach LuAnne Zelasko started her speech at the end of season banquet Thursday night with a quote that she believed captured her team's season, "Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means that you're doing better than you've done before." Everyone at the Springbrook Park Pavilion felt the power and truth of that statement. It perfectly describes this 2021 Clayton-Bradley Academy High School Tennis season. She went on to say, "The beginning of the season was hard. Both boys and girls teams started out with losses, but this team continued to have a positive attitude the entire season. Each day of practice they were ready to work hard and they did. It has been a joy to work with each and every one of these players."
The girls all improved, not only every match, but every day. They set a school record, winning 6 matches! The scary duo and tough team of Izzy Miya and Emily Wheeler had a winning record in doubles for the season and "The Hannahs," of the Robbins and Rasmussen combo had multiple wins as well. The Lady Blazers finished the season with a winning record of 6-5. The boys came close to winning several times throughout the season, but that was not what Coach Z cared about. Starting every match down 0-2, only having 4 of the alotted 6 needed to compete as a full team, she stated, "You boys truly came out every day and focused on what you could do to be better, and it showed as the season progressed." The addition of Senior #1 seed Chase Walsh a few weeks into the season gave them more depth in singles, giving the Camacho brothers and Brantly Headrick better chances in winning the #2-4 seed singles. It also gave them a second doubles match. They never gave up and got tougher to score against every time out.
The banquet was preceded by the last match of the season, Senior Day, against Maryville Christian. Pride, thankfulness and feelings of "this is the last match," were on full display from the senior recognition before the match, all the way through the last match of the night three hours later. Five seniors were celebrated that have helped grow this program over the past five years: Kai Camacho, Izzy Miya, Hannah Robbins, Chase Walsh and Captain Emily Wheeler. They have truly grown, not only as Tennis players and as a team, but as young adults. They have left CBA Tennis better than where they found it when they started. The future of what Tennis will be is because of the foundation that they helped lay.
CBA vs Maryville Christian
Girls Won 6-3
Emily Wheeler won 8-5
Hannah Rasmussen won 8-5
Izzy Miya lost 9-8 in a tiebreaker
Hannah Robbins won 8-4
Cailey Martin lost 8-5
Abby Becker lost 8-5
Emily Wheeler and Izzy Miya won 9-7
Hannah Rasmussen and Hannah Robbins won 8-0
Abby Becker and Cailey Martin won 8-3
Boys lost 0-6
Chase Walsh won 8-3
James Camacho lost 8-3
Kai Camacho lost 8-0
Chase Walsh and James Camacho lost 8-3