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Anderson’s Aly Daly competes with the boys on tennis court


ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Anderson Excessive College senior Aly Daly is having fun with each minute of taking part in tennis within the remaining weeks of her highschool profession.

“You see the end line proper over there and it is identical to we’re virtually completed however there’s one final hurrah to do,” Daly stated earlier than Friday morning’s apply.

That final hurrah has labored effectively for Daly, who has a 7-2 document because the No. 2 singles participant on the first-place Anderson boys tennis workforce. Daly is undefeated (5-0) within the Japanese Cincinnati Convention.

“She’s been taking part in tennis for a very long time,” Anderson coach Brent Johnson stated. “She’s a tough employee — working towards 5, six instances every week just about her complete life.”

Daly has been taking part in tennis since she was 9. She lived in Spain together with her household for 4 years and was in a position to compete whereas attending an academy earlier than coming to Anderson Excessive College as a junior.

“Tennis, it is largely a psychological recreation; it is taught me rather a lot over time,” Daly stated.

Daly needed to persevere via a tough facet of her junior season in the course of the fall of 2020. She had a 25-0 document and was the ECC participant of the yr, however was instructed she could not play within the sectional event attributable to being an in depth contact with one other scholar who had COVID-19 in a classroom.

“It is the toughest information I’ve needed to ship as an athletic director,” stated Anderson athletic director Chris Newton, who’s finishing his eighth yr in that place.

Daly needed one other alternative this previous fall however surgical procedure stopped her comeback.

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Anderson Excessive College senior Aly Daly had a 25-0 document in 2020 and was named the Japanese Cincinnati Convention ladies tennis participant of the yr.

An opportunity to play this spring with the boys workforce was one thing Daly did not wish to move up, and she or he’s completely loved the expertise.

Daly’s sister, Kay, serves because the Anderson junior varsity coach and the 2 get pleasure from working towards on the weekend.

“It is so superior,” Daly stated. “I used to be nervous to start out this spring however having her there, she’s been with me each step of the way in which so it has been enjoyable.”

The boys workforce has embraced Daly and Newton stated the chemistry has been wonderful at practices and matches.

“It helped when she was beating a bunch of them,” Newton stated. ” acceptance there. She’s the actual deal. And I believe the youngsters noticed that and stated, ‘Let’s go, we’ll have an ideal yr.'”

The identical is true of Daly’s educational yr as she has a 3.75 grade-point common taking Superior Placement and honors lessons. She plans to check finance at Miami College and is leaving the door open for presumably persevering with her tennis profession.

“She is the definition of a student-athlete,” Newton stated. “A 3.75 and she or he would not take underwater fireplace prevention lessons. She desires to be challenged within the classroom. She desires to be challenged out on the tennis courts.”

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