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October 30, 2013

Beatty's Bunch eyes a positive future

NFL tennis champions are poised for 2014 and beyond

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“She’s the most competitive player on the team. She’s interested in doing the best she can every time she goes out,” Beatty said. “Her biggest attribute is the way she can change her play. She can hit the big ball and can play consistent and she can hit winners. At third singles, you tend to to play some long matches and she figured out right away what it took to win those matches in straight sets.”
While Krawczyk, Portka and Fragale handled the singles duties, senior Morgan Haley teamed with seniors Condon, Kylie Kiah and Brittany White to form Lockport’s formidable first doubles team.
“Morgan was the anchor and the most consistent of the bunch,” Beatty said. “I felt I had three other seniors who were consistent players and all three came up big for us. They were a pleasant surprise to watch play. It was nice to see more girls get involved because this isn’t a sport you can call time out and make substitutions.”
Haley said this year’s title was for coach Beatty as much as it was for her teammates.
“The most important thing about Mr. Beatty is by the time I walked off the court — either after a match or after practice — I learned something,” Haley said. “Communication was a big key to our success at doubles. This year we had a lot of depth. I think we’ll hold up strong a couple more years and if we keep bringing in more people with the same determination and will power, we’ll hold up for a long while.”
Kiah said bouncing back from a runner-up finish in the NFL a year ago to first place was a great accomplishment.
“Last year, we came in second and lost to just one team (Niagara-Wheatfield) and this year we came back and beat them,” Kiah said. “Our loss to Ken East this year was a bad day for everyone. I don’t think we were ready for them. We came in thinking we’d be great and we weren’t. Mr. Beatty’s been pretty great the whole time. He’s very funny and sarcastic, but he has good tips when you’re playing and you need to go to him.”

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