Watson looks to net success with Tennessee Wesleyan Lady Bulldogs
by By SARALYN NORKUS Sports Writer
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WALKER VALLEY senior Wendi Watson will be playing tennis for Tennessee Wesleyan College next year. Seated from left to right are Elaine Policastro, Eric LaRue, Wendi Watson, Wendell Watson, and Tina Watson. Standing from left to right are Danny Coggin, Hunter Watson, and Ben Watson. Banner Photo, DONNA KAYLOR
WALKER VALLEY senior Wendi Watson will be playing tennis for Tennessee Wesleyan College next year. Seated from left to right are Elaine Policastro, Eric LaRue, Wendi Watson, Wendell Watson, and Tina Watson. Standing from left to right are Danny Coggin, Hunter Watson, and Ben Watson. Banner Photo, DONNA KAYLOR
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Following in the footsteps of her older brothers, Walker Valley senior Wendi Watson has decided to play tennis for Tennessee Wesleyan College next year.

“I feel like the pressure is off my shoulders and I’m just happy and excited,” Watson explained. “I really like the campus and I really like the coach and the players on the team.”

Watson’s brother Hunter played for TWC and is now coaching at Farragut High School, while her other brother Ben is currently playing at TWC.

“First of all Wendi is a great kid and she comes from a good family. Both of her brothers played at Tennessee Wesleyan so she understands the tradition there, the school, and what kind of player we are looking for,” Tennessee Wesleyan head coach Eric LaRue stated.

Watson’s accomplishments during her junior year are impressive and speak highly of her skill level and work ethic.

“She was our No. 2 player last year as a junior. Then, when we played district and regions she was our No. 1 doubles and did really well. She was our No. 2 doubles for most of the season. She’s a good player and a very hard worker,” Walker Valley head coach Elaine Policastro said of her recently signed senior.

During her time playing as a Mustang, Watson’s consistency, among other on-court aspects, has been noticed and appreciated by Policastro.

“She has a good drop shot and a good serve. She’s strong, has a lot of stamina and doesn’t get tired. She’s very consistent and a very good player. I know what to expect from her and she delivers.”

Watson enjoys playing both singles and doubles, but stated she favors doubles. While she knows that she will be a freshman playing on a team made up of many seniors, Watson still hopes to make an impact.

“There will be a bunch of seniors next year and I’ll be a freshman, so I’ll probably play low down the line up, hopefully getting wins and getting to nationals.”

Coach LaRue feels that Watson is a good fit for his team, and believes his team is headed towards much success.

“When she came in and visited the school and practiced with the team, all of the girls liked her right away, so it was a good fit for our program,” LaRue commented. “She’ll be a very solid five and six as a freshman. Our team by the end of the year will be a top 15 program, so she will definitely upgrade the program next year.”

Before Watson can turn her focus fully on TWC she must first finish out her senior year with the Walker Valley tennis team.

“I’m looking forward to a strong season with Walker Valley.”