Southlake Journal

June 9, 2014

Mustangs player reunited with childhood coach

Bella Bergman had to sit out last season but looks to make an impact for Grapevine next season under Angel Martinez, who coached her when she was just starting out.

When Bella Bergman takes the court this coming fall, it will be a reunion of sorts between her and the man who used to coach her when she was a little girl.

The Arlington Lamar High School transfer moved to the Grapevine/Colleyville area last season and sat out her entire sophomore year so that she would have the opportunity to compete for the Mustangs tennis team and coach Angel Martinez for her junior and senior years.

Martinez said he expects Bergman to have an immediate impact for the Grapevine tennis program.

“She'll be able to play this coming year, which will be great, because we need her,” Martinez said. “I taught her when she was like nine years old. They happened to buy a house in the area. They liked me and the program, but I didn't recruit her. They decided with those things that she would enjoy being a part of our program.”

Martinez said Bergman will be in Grapevine's top three players on the girls side, and said she already has an area he wants her to focus on in the off season.

“Her mental game, and she knows that,” Martinez laughed. “She gets worked up. She's very intense.”

Bergman said she is happy to be playing for the Grapevine tennis program and said that she has a couple of objectives for next school year and said she feels she brings a couple of things to the table.

“I'm going to set the bar pretty high for myself,” Bergman said. “I just have to have ambitious goals. I'd really like to play doubles this year and go for a state title. I'd really like to think that I bring a good sense of team spirit and cooperation, because regardless of how many good players you have on a team, if you are not working together it is easy to fall apart.”

Bergman said she wants be the “glue” that helps keep the team together and win as many matches as possible, and said for Grapevine to repeat upon the type of success it enjoyed last year, it will take a couple of things.

“There are a lot of expectations for us to play well and do great and compete for a state title,” Bergman said. “I know that we are one of the favorites, but we can't really let that go to our heads. We have to put in the hours required, go that extra mile and come together as a team and try to go out and do as well as we can.”

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