St. J Hilltoppers Girls Tennis Win

Tennis 2018-02-14 at 7.49.33 PMST.JOHNSBURY - The St. Johnsbury Girls Tennis team now has their fourth win of the season beating Mt. Mansfield High School 7-0. This brings their season record to 4-2, while leaving Mt. Mansfields record to 1-2.


The Lady Hilltoppers were up 3-0 within the first hour and a half. Team captain Audra Shield-Taylor, a sophomore, has been playing tennis since she was very young with her mom. She also had learned how to play in tennis clubs when she lived in Aspen Colorado. She has been a part of the Varsity team for two years now. She has had a love for tennis ever since.

"I always just loved being able to hit the ball and being able to really control the ball, it has been my favorite sport ever since I began playing, and so becoming and being a part of a team and learning how to play tennis as a part of a team has really excited me since I was really young," said Shield-Taylor.

The team's coach John Sayarath, has been coaching girls tennis for thirteen seasons now and has had a love for the sport for a really long time.

"It has been a very good experience seeing a lot of players and different types of players, it has been wonderful working with young people especially at the Academy," said Sayarath.

Sayarath explained what he thinks is the best way to make sure his team is well prepared for when they step onto the court to perform against one another.

"Demonstration is good to be able to show them exactly how each stroke is and just talking is very difficult, it's better to show them and to let them do the drill," said Sayrath.

The Lady Hilltoppers next game is on May 8th at Hartford High School at 4 pm.