The Union Recorder

March 11, 2013

GMC Prep hits learning curve

Steven Cary
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE —  

Georgia Military Prep School’s tennis teams played twice at home on the Georgia College courts against Lincoln County Feb. 28 and Monday against Jones County.

The Lady Bulldogs have continued to play tough, despite losing to both the Lady Red Devils (3-2) and the Lady Greyhounds (4-1).

“Against Lincoln we did well,” Debbie Barsby, head coach, said. “We have a team that works real hard.”

Barsby admits the team is young and inexperienced this season, but is learning quickly.

“We have a quite a few new people who are having to learn how to play, and they’re catching on very quickly,” she said.

Audrey Harris and Maddie Allen led GMC Prep against Lincoln County, as Harris won 8-4 and Allen topped her opponent 8-3 in singles play.

Against Jones County, Allen continued to remain consistent for the Lady Bulldogs as she scored the only point for the team winning 8-5 over her opponent in singles.

“Maddie, she’s tough and she’s working real hard,” Barsby said. “She’s the type of person that runs after everything and she’s a go-getter.”

On the boy’s side, GMC Prep has struggled to keep up with its competition with only five players this season, dropping 5-0 to both the Red Devils and Greyhounds.

Leading the team so far this season is Dylan Resha, despite coming up short in his last singles match against Jones County.

“Dylan Resha, he’s probably the one that sticks out the most to me. He’s also a go-getter and runs after everything,” Barsby said. “He has a strong desire to get better. He’s always a hard worker and he always goes out there with a positive attitude.”

While the Bulldog tennis team continues to learn and improve, Barsby admits the players are having fun.

“They are very polite and respectful to the other players. They always seem to have fun,” she said. “I want them to have fun. When it’s fun I think they learn more, and they’ll try harder when they have a lot of fun.”

Barsby hopes each of the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will learn to enjoy the sport and want to continue playing after high school.

“If they learn now and have lot of fun with it, that’s kind of my goal,” she said. “I want them to enjoy it and be able to play it later on in life.”

GMC Prep’s next match is on Tuesday against Jasper County in Monticello at 4:30 p.m.