Move-in helping propel Grapevine girls tennis team

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The Grapevine tennis team has gotten some big contributions from a player who was not even living in the state last season.

Reilly Cornell moved from Colorado to become part of the number three girls doubles team that has helped the Mustangs tennis squad achieve a ranking of sixth in the state among 5A programs, and coach Angel Martinez said one of the things that most impresses him is the way she has adjusted.

“She had a tough time when she first got here, because she had to try out real quick, because they had just gotten here at the time of tryouts,” Martinez said. “She has worked hard and gotten a lot better, though. She has adjusted well, and has done a great job on the number three doubles. She is very steady and is a great teammate to the other players.

“She has also adjusted to the weather and never complained about the heat. She is just a very well-conditioned athlete, and has improved all parts of her game.”

Cornell comes to Grapevine from the city of Highland Ranch, just outside of Denver, and said the transition to her new school has been pretty smooth thanks in large part to the sport she loves.

“It has actually gone pretty well, thanks to tennis,” Cornell said. “I knew people before school started, and I have a lot of people that I've made friends with in my classes thanks to tennis.”

Cornell said there have been a couple of big adjustments for her on the court, as well.

“It's just so different because, first, there is the altitude change,” Cornell said. “Then there are way more people on the team here and it is more focused on doubles instead of singles. It has definitely been a change.”

The Grapevine doubles player said she has a few objectives for the season as a whole, both personally and as a team.

“As a team, we want to potentially make it to state this year,” Cornell said. “We haven't done that in a while, and we feel that we have a real chance. Personally, I would like to make it through regionals.”

Cornell is also a distance runner, which she said helps her immensely with her conditioning for tennis, and she said if the Grapevine tennis team is to go as far as everyone hopes this season, it will take a couple of things.

“We are going to have to focus throughout our matches,” Cornell said. “We are going to have to start out strong and finish out strong, and we are going to have to support each other.”

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