The fact that this is their last season playing together hasn’t escaped Ferndale High seniors Kayla and Katlynn Hughes.
The twins have shared the same side of the tennis court the last four seasons, including the last two at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles. This season, they are also the captains.
“It’s definitely a learning experience and has brought us closer together because we have to work through a lot of our problems on the court and off the court,” Kayla Hughes said.
“It’s really fun, and its going to be different not doing this anymore,” Katlynn Hughes added.
Ferndale was 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division at press time.
“They have good communication and team work. They’ve been working together, they’re twins, and they have that ESP as opposed to everyone else,” coach Michael Mitchell joked.
Kayla and Katlynn Hughes have been happy to pass along their knowledge.
“It’s been pretty fun. We have a lot of new girls playing with us this year, and it’s been fun teaching them to love the game just like we have for so many years,” Kayla Hughes said. “It’s fun seeing the progression because, when we were younger, we had girls doing the same things for us.”
Dolly Tate joins the Hughes’ as the only seniors on the roster.
In singles, junior Lauren Huang handles No. 1; junior Truelove Arhin is No. 2; Tate plays No. 3; and junior Amanda Lewis is No. 4.
In doubles, the Hughes sisters are No. 1; juniors Maddie Keller and Haley Jackson play No. 2; sophomores Sydney Donaldson and Angel Morales are No. 3; and sophomores Brenda Kizy and Isobell Edwards are No. 4.
Sophomore Madeline Corcoran, and freshmen Maggy Myers and Chantell Hawkins add depth to the young squad.
“We’re a young team, but everyone is improving, and everyone is playing a lot because we don’t have a lot of girls on the team,” Mitchell said. “I see major improvement in each and every match.”