Panthers senior providing leadership, looking to play in college

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Will Folger has been a top tennis player at Colleyville Heritage for the last couple of years, and coach Jeff Matlock said that, amongst other things, the number one boys singles player is providing strong leadership this year for the Panthers tennis squad.

Folger serves as one of the captains on the Colleyville Heritage tennis team, and Matlock said his contributions to the program are invaluable.

“He has had some injuries this season, but has still been able to hold onto a perfect district record,” Matlock said. “Will wants to do whatever he can to help us get through the district season and accomplish whatever we can in the playoffs. He has a real passion for tennis.

“He's really the only player I've got that I know is trying to go on and play tennis at the next level. He's got high aspirations of getting on somewhere, winning over the coach and being one those 110 percent kind of guys. He has also been a much better leader this year as a senior.”

Folger said he tries to bring a couple of different things to the team each year.

“I want to bring leadership, because I am one of the captains,” Folger said. “I also try to be hard-working and motivated. I am constantly trying to improve my game at all times.”

Folger said he has been impressed with what he has seen from his team to this point.

“I think things are looking really good,” Folger said. “We have some really big matches coming up. The week after this one, we play our district playoff against some good teams from 5-5A. We have a couple of injuries, but we are also pretty deep.”

Folger said he believes that the playoff system is good for the sport of tennis.

“I think it is interesting, because it gives the opportunity for the best players to go out and advance to the later rounds,” Folger said. “I feel like it's a great addition, because really only the best teams move on.”

Folger, who is also involved in National Honor Society, PALS and Red Jackets, a teacher-selected service organization, at Colleyville Heritage, said the goal for his team this year is to qualify for the regional tournament and get past Flower Mound or Marcus in the bi-district round.

The Colleyville Heritage senior said he would like to play tennis at the collegiate level and is leaving his options open to do that.

Matlock said he will rely on Folger heavily this fall and spring for the teams' success, and to continue to provide leadership to the younger players on his team.

“It's big to have those type of players that are at the top,” Matlock said. “He can set the tone of how you are supposed to come out and work, because we have a lot of new and young players in our program. It's a good thing to see players of his caliber giving the effort he does. It makes a lot of difference, because it shows them that this is what I have to do to get here.”

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