Making the return. Clinton High girls tennis junior Elizabeth Jones hits a return during a recent match at the red courts at the North Adair Street athletic complex. Jones won her singles matches in recent region play against Woodruff and Chapman, as the Red Devils have extended their region mark to 5-1. - Photos by Vic MacDonald  Eye on the ball. With just one singles loss this season, No. 1 singles player and senior Gracie Waldron leads the Clinton High girls tennis team in a defense of its 2015 Region Championship. Waldron won matches late last month against Woodruff and Chapman opponents, and teamed with Elizabeth Jones for No. 1 doubles wins in those matches, also.

CHS girls tennis still dominating

Clinton High School Girls Tennis has had its fair share of dominance over the course of history. This year doesn’t plan to be any different says Head Coach, Clovis Simmons, who says her expectation is, “to finish strong in conference and advance in the SCHSL State AAA play-offs.” These aren’t lofty expectations, as Clinton Tennis has had deep playoff runs as of the past. She also goes on to say that the team has completed very well overall, and that she looks forward to the remainder of the season, noting that the team graduated four Seniors last year and others have moved into those roles and succeeded. Senior Gracie Waldron, and Junior Elizabeth Jones, have dominated the doubles competition as of late. Through conference play so far, they boast an undefeated record. When Gracie was asked about her expectations for the rest of the year, she said, “I expect us to grow as a team and I think we can win our conference, as well as make it past some rounds in the playoffs!” She currently only has one loss on the year in singles play. Elizabeth Jones also doesn’t shy away from high expectations either, stating, “I expect us to finish strong for our seniors.” The CHS Girls Tennis Team’s next game is Thursday, October 6 versus the Newberry Bulldogs. This will also be a region/conference game so be sure to be there to support the team. Clinton High School is also conducting a fundraiser for the Seniors and Juniors. This year, it will be done through the “Donate to Dine” organization and it offers rewards for signing up. They offer a reloadable card option that gives you $100 worth of rewards in return for the $20 you spend on the card. This is a great opportunity to donate to the High School and to support our students while earning something very useful yourself. Be sure to buy them today, October 6, is the last day that you can do so. With that being said, this gives you another excellent reason to come out to Community Pep Rally and Bonfire tonight. We hope to see you there tonight, as well as at the game on Friday Night as Mid-Carolina comes to Wilder Stadium to take on the Red Devils on homecoming. See you there.

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