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High school tennis dynasty continues in Ocean Springs

The Greyhounds will play either Tupelo or Madison Central for the state title next Monday. (Photo source: WLOX) The Greyhounds will play either Tupelo or Madison Central for the state title next Monday. (Photo source: WLOX)
For the seniors on the team, winning never gets old. (Photo source: WLOX) For the seniors on the team, winning never gets old. (Photo source: WLOX)
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The team arrives by bus for the daily practice, and after some warming up, it's time to get down to business. This is a team that takes winning seriously. Kathy Gendron is the head coach. 

“One of the things that I have really pushed was the fact that you can't hope or wish to win state championships. You have to work very hard every time you place a foot on the court,” Gendron explained.

For the seniors on the team, winning never gets old. One of them is Olivia Nash.

“Our first year, we were really excited, because we had never really played together before, and we ended up winning. This year, we're just trying to close it out and end our careers with another win,” Nash said.

Is there pressure to bring home number seven in a row?  Just ask team member Lucas Lukaswicht. 

“We try not to think about the pressure, because that can get into your head. But, of course there is pressure since it's consecutive titles,” said Lukaswicht.

Even twin brothers add to the winning formula. They are Cole and Slay Wagoner.

“We're always competing to see who’s better and just trying to get better as a team together, too,” Slay said. 

“It's awesome to say that we're brothers on the team and we can play with each other. There are not many people who can say they get to play with their brother for a high school state championship,” Cole added

Chasing perfection once again takes a lot of practice, according to Lukaswicht. 

“I probably try and play at least an hour a day. I play on a 4.0 league team, I play here at high school tennis practice and we also have private lessons.” 

There is a lesson to be learned from this team and this game. Nash reminded everyone. 

“It's a lot like life. There are a lot of up and downs, but the ups definitely outweigh the downs. It's a mental game, and you just have to keep going and keep pushing until it's over,” said Nash.

The Greyhounds will play either Tupelo or Madison Central for the state title next Monday. Earlier this week, four players were named first team all-state.

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