Player of the Week Courtney Freadman is key for Spartan girls tennis
Courtney Freadman isn't so worried about what happens today in Shrewsbury.
The Monument Mountain senior and her teammates on the girls tennis team already have their Western Massachusetts crown.
"I think if we lose [today] it's not going to be the end of the world," Freadman said. "We got the Western Mass. title, but if we win we'll be just as excited and happy to move on."
Freadman helped bring that hardware to Great Barrington last week, scoring the winning point at second singles in Monument's 4-1 win over Lenox. That performance lifted her to another win in the Berkshire Eagle's Player of the Week poll with 240 votes.
Freadman and the Spartans take the next step in their journey today against Sutton. The state semifinal begins at 3:30 p.m. at St. John's of Shrewsbury.
Freadman's steady, consistent play is a big reason Monument is in the state tournament. She talked about perfecting the lob after her win in the Western Mass. final. It's just one of several weapons she's developed this season.
"I think I've got the lob down," she said. "Just working on my net game, groundstrokes."
Freadman's mental game on the court has been just as important. She doesn't get frustrated easily, rallying from a 5-0 deficit against Lenox earlier this season to roll to a victory.
"I think a lot of the time tennis is a mental game," she said. "You just have to keep your head in it. Staying focused is hard during a long rally, let your mind wander. I think I have a pretty good mental game. That usually helps me in tough matches."
That steely focus will come in handy today against Sutton. Freadman said she's improved each year of her high school career, and now as a senior, she's feeling like a veteran.
A win over the Suzies would be gravy on top of an already banner year.
"It's hard to believe," Freadman said. "It's just setting in that we won. We're really overjoyed about it and still talking about it."
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