Saturday, June 25, 2016

Tennis Match at Wheeling-Oglebay Tennis Club

Our Burritos  have started playing tennis this  Spring  and they are loving it.  We missed that opportunity last year but we  did practice  hitting the ball although we  didn't know the rules.  This year, when a  friend texted me that Spring  lessons  is opened, we made sure to go and registered them, well at least one of them because the program is only open for 4th graders and up but the  coaches are  nice  and let EJ practice anyway.  They said that he can come to practices but could not  compete in the matches.  He ended up being good at it so  they let him play in the matches.  
Last Sunday (June 5th), was the second time they went  to the matches.  The first time they came,  they only attended 2  practices so they didn't know much, they didn't even learn the  rules yet so it was like  kind of a practice too but they played with two other beginners who obviously know stuff than them but it's okay, it was a learning experience anyway.
This time though, they were excited to play, they were ready.  What they didn't know is that, they won't be playing as a team.  They were teamed up with other kids from the Milli Mulhern Middle School Tennis so they were a bit nervous.
EJ was even teamed up with kids that aren't beginners.  It made us proud that they get to play with big kids and he is not even officially registered to play in the matches but he did great for a newbie.  
He is  tiny compared to other kids but he proved them  that size doesn't really matter, he played like a champ (at least in my eyes,  he did).
He is partnered with  one of Rylie's  classmates who started tennis last year and they won the match.
Rylie did not get picked to play in the first rounds of match ups but she did play in the second and third rounds.  On her first match, she was teamed up with a boy from the Milli Mulhern and she was bummed as she doesn't know him bu-t she did great just like his brother did.  They also won the match up.  
The weather  threatened to rain that day so they decided to do the matches on the Bubble court.  I was sweating because I dressed for some windy atmosphere and it ended up being inside the Bubble and it was hot there.  
She was partnered with this boy who was very timid and  quiet so  there was no chemistry between them lol.  They played without talking to each other which was kind of awkward but they played well so it was okay I guess.  
The coaches talked to us and  and said that  the Burritos have a very good future with tennis because they are very good at it.  They are hoping that they would stick to it which I assured them that the kids would because they love it.  
EJ was partnered with this big kid from the other team and he played like he's been playing for a food amount of time.  It was nice to see.  They were tied to the other team  when they ran out of time.
Rylie's  last game  was  with one of the girls that just like EJ, she wasn't also officially registered to play in the match but   she's also good at it so she  was able to play.
They also won this match which was  awesome.
Over all, they  were really impressive with their  performances in Wheeling.
These four are great friends and  they are very happy that they get to  play tennis together especially now that school is off.  
The team from our city is small compared to the team from Wheeling.
These four are the newbies from the WEirton team or Baseline Bandits but I think that they did great.  
Here's a group picture  of all the participants including the coaches  from our city and the Wheeling-Oglebay Tennis Club.
With her BFF.
They will have one more  match  this Sunday but  it will be here in our city.  The other team would come here to play with them.  After the pictorials, there was a pizza party where everyone gathered up and enjoyed the  food and drinks.
There was also raffle draws with prizes and  the awarding of certificates after wards.
I am so glad that both of them did so well and that they love playing tennis.
The advantage of them playing tennis is that they get to teach us the rules so now we can all play and keep scores.  Mind you, they are very competitive and they always wore us out  every game we played lol.  Our energy is no match to their level of energy, ours run out fast but it is always a great bonding for the whole family.

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