Riner, Va. – It’s no surprise when we reach the state tournament that the Auburn Eagles are still around. They are one of the most dominant Class 1 high schools in nearly all of their spring sports. The girls’ tennis team has been no exception.
The Eagles won back-to-back team state girls titles in 2018 and 2019, including a singles and doubles championship during that time.
This year, they’re back in the championship round for all three--team, doubles and singles. And the Eagles are hoping to sweep the titles, starting with the team championship on Thursday morning.
“It’s like making history, basically, because I don’t think that’s ever happened to Auburn. We’ve had doubles or teams go but we haven’t had all three teams go -- so it’s really exciting,” said senior Sara Nichols.
“First off I tell them it’s the truth, this is a coaches’ dream right here. A team like this, these girls are, they have a great attitude, they’re committed, and they’re talented. So they’re so easy to work with, so I’m thankful for the opportunity to do that,” head coach Conrad Nester says.
Nester said assistant coach Paul de Gastyne has played a key role in the Eagle’s success.
They will take the court Wednesday on the Virginia Tech indoor courts at 9 a.m. vs Rappahanock in team competition.