Lady Scots to hold tennis clinic

By: By Amber Hatten - ahatten@civitasmedia.com
Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Scotland tennis coach Atondra Ellis helps newcomer Denisha Hill with her forehand during Thursday’s clinic. The Lady Scots will have a second tennis clinic July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center for any girl or boy interested in learning how to play tennis.
Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Samantha Bowen works on her forehand during Thursday’s tennis clinic. Bowen was a member of the Lady Scots tennis team last season and will return as one of the singles players.
Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Scotland tennis coach Atondra Ellis teaches a tennis newcomer the proper form when trying to hit a forehand shot. The Lady Scots will have a second tennis clinic July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center for any girl or boy interested in learning how to play tennis.

LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots tennis program will be holding a clinic June 24-27 for any high school girls interested in playing the sport this fall.

Head coach Atondra Ellis said she is not turning anyone away, even if they are just considering playing tennis.

“If you have experience playing tennis and even if you don’t come out,” Ellis said. “The team will be between 12 and 15 we’ve got nine girls right now — not everyone has to play singles and doubles. We play six singles matches and we play three doubles matches. Some girls prefer playing one or the other. It actually gives us a better shot at doing well because you’re not tired.”

Ellis and former players — Anna Griswold, Brooke Bathie and Camyrn Ellis — worked with players this week on learning the basics of tennis including the different ways to hit the ball, how to move on the court, stamina, scoring and general court etiquette.

Due to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s second mandatory dead period, July 17 through July 23, the second week of the clinic had to be pushed back to July 24. Ellis is hoping the heat and humidity will subside because with temperatures in the upper 90s and the heat index stuck above 100 it’s been hard to get players to come out.

With the graduation of four varsity starters Anna Griswold, Brooke Bathie, Camyrn Ellis and Grace McIntyre, the Lady Scots tennis team will be young with several returning sophomores and juniors.

“All courts are open,” Ellis said. “We want girls that interested in playing hard and want to learn the sport of tennis,” said Ellis. “I would love to have freshmen and sophomores, that would give us players for the next couples of years and beyond. If we have juniors and seniors that want to come out and try they’re welcome.”

The second tennis clinic will be held July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center on Atkinson St. in Laurinburg.

For more information contact head coach Atondra Ellis by email aellis@scotland.k12.nc.us.

Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.

Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Scotland tennis coach Atondra Ellis helps newcomer Denisha Hill with her forehand during Thursday’s clinic. The Lady Scots will have a second tennis clinic July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center for any girl or boy interested in learning how to play tennis.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_9981.jpgAmber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Scotland tennis coach Atondra Ellis helps newcomer Denisha Hill with her forehand during Thursday’s clinic. The Lady Scots will have a second tennis clinic July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center for any girl or boy interested in learning how to play tennis.

Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Samantha Bowen works on her forehand during Thursday’s tennis clinic. Bowen was a member of the Lady Scots tennis team last season and will return as one of the singles players.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_9966.jpgAmber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Samantha Bowen works on her forehand during Thursday’s tennis clinic. Bowen was a member of the Lady Scots tennis team last season and will return as one of the singles players.

Amber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Scotland tennis coach Atondra Ellis teaches a tennis newcomer the proper form when trying to hit a forehand shot. The Lady Scots will have a second tennis clinic July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center for any girl or boy interested in learning how to play tennis.
https://www.laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_IMG_9983.jpgAmber Hatten | Laurinburg Exchange Scotland tennis coach Atondra Ellis teaches a tennis newcomer the proper form when trying to hit a forehand shot. The Lady Scots will have a second tennis clinic July 24-27 at 6 p.m. at the Scotland County Tennis Center for any girl or boy interested in learning how to play tennis.
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