Two weeks ago, Northern Nash’s girls’ tennis team approached its coach, Henry Drake, with a new, although not unrealistic, question.
The Knights wanted to know if working out in the weight room would help them on the court.
The answer: Yes.
So every Friday, Northern Nash heads to lift – hoping to realize its potential and compete for a Big East Conference championship.
The Knights took the first step Thursday toward accomplishing the latter of those two goals with a 7-2 victory against Southern Nash in its conference opener.
“We ultimately just wanted to get stronger as a team,” senior Isabel Marrero said. “It was really just a unanimous decision that we wanted to be better. We wanted to be the best that we could be.”
Lifting weights wasn’t on Northern Nash’s usual practice regimen, but the team wanted to add it. After being rained out in its conference opener against Wilson Hunt, another favorite to win the Big East title, Northern Nash (3-0, 1-0 Big East) had a chance to see the results in action.
“They’re seeing the difference,” Drake said. “Their strokes are getting stronger. They’re lasting in points longer because their muscles are getting stronger. The weight room has improved their game tremendously.”
Northern Nash won the first four singles matches against the Firebirds (2-5, 0-2) before Southern Nash won at No. 3 and No. 4.
“They’re doing some things that we said we were going to try to do in practice,” Ladybirds coach Brad Joyner said of his team, which lost four starters last year. “They’ve had some success, and I hope they’ll continue.”