Girls JV tennis has a successful bout of matches against Greenville, FHN, and East Grand Rapids


After wins over Zeeland West, Lowell, and a loss to Grand Rapids Christian, the girls JV tennis squad commenced matches again, ending with another successful week for the Rangers. With a heartbreaking loss to local foe Grand Rapids Christian, their record was 5-1; however, the girls looked to advance their wins with competition against Greenville, Forest Hills Northern, and Byron Center.

The very next day after the girls’ first loss, they traveled to Greenville in hopes to bounce back and regain confidence. Matches against Greenville double as a chance to practice skills and have more fun on the court, but the girls did not take this for granted—they emerged with a stellar 9-0 win. This win was an effective way for the girls to get back in their rhythm and regroup themselves.

Additionally, the girls got to experience their first double header of the season. Following their success against Greenville, the team immediately had to gear up for another match against East Grand Rapids. This match was originally intended to be played on April 20, but weather conditions disabled play. As East Grand Rapids is known to be a close competitor with Forest Hills Central in virtually all sports, the girls did not know what to anticipate—but as matches came to a close, the girls emerged with another win 8-4. These two wins to combat the loss to Grand Rapids Christian were an excellent way for the team to recoup, and now they had a chance to rest before their next head-to-head.

However, this calm did not last for long—their next matchup was against the ever intimidating Forest Hills Northern. Five days later, the team traveled to Forest Hills Northern for the most anticipated match of the season. In regards to tennis, matchups against FHC and FHN are always intense, and this match was no less than that. As expected, each team racked up wins and losses, but the struggle for the win could not be pulled out by either one. At the end of the night, the girls tied with FHN 6-6. This was certainly not a bad result, and this week of well-executed performances simply further bolstered the girls’ winning reputation.

The girls’ next match is on Wednesday, May 10, home against Byron Center. Here, the team hopes to attain another win as the end of the season races closer.