A-State Tennis Finishes Fall Tourney Slate

by Caleb Booker
Delta Digital News Service

JONESBORO — The A-State Women’s Tennis team is motivated going into the Wofford Invite: the final tournament of the fall semester.

In three tournaments this season, the Red Wolves own a 5-14 record in singles competition. After two tournaments this season, A-State doubles-play record sits at 1-6.

“Right now, as far as the Wofford Invite I think it’s really important to finish strong regardless of how the rest of the fall season has gone,” said junior Shannon O’Brien of Hilton Head, South Carolina. “Just staying focused this week is really important.”

A redshirt junior from Cumming, Georgia, Shelby King first competed with O’Brien in doubles in January this year; the two have been competing in doubles often.

“I think we can prepare for the conference tournament by doing well in the matches leading up to it. So like during our season matches, I think we should practice what we want to do there,” King said.

A-State head coach Kel Lange holds high expectations in his fourth season.

“My expectation with this group is that we go from a team that is competitive in every match to a team that is competitive to win the conference championship,” Lange said. “We’re preparing every day for the conference tournament. Our conference tournament is going to determine if we’re going to make it to the NCAA tournament or not.”

The Wofford Invite takes place Nov. 2-4 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.