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Tennis: Slidell duo earns state bid

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Ready for Tennis

READY FOR STATE – The Lady Greyhounds doubles team of Kylie Franklin and Megan Garcia qualified for the state tennis tournament with their second-place regional finish. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

After finishing third last year at the Class A Region III tournament, Kylie Franklin and Megan Garcia set a state tournament as their only goal this year.

The Slidell seniors accomplished that goal last week, finishing second at regionals.

“Our goal the whole year was to get to state,” Franklin said. “We knew we had to work hard to get second and play for the championship.”

The pair head to the University Interscholastic League tennis championships May 16-17 at Texas A&M in College Station.

“We’re excited. We’ve never been,” Franklin said.

She and Garcia started playing tennis together in seventh grade. It’s just one of the sports in which they are teammates.

“We have a good chemistry,” Franklin said. “We play basketball together and run track and cross country.”

After starting with doubles, they never tried singles.

“[Doubles] is easier and fun,” Garcia said.

The two feel they complement each other well with their varying strengths.

“Kylie is good at the net and I’m good at the back line with my backhand,” Garcia said.

Franklin adds: “She serves harder. I serve lower. I’d say she’s the stronger server.”

At regionals, the pair fought their way into the championship match. Before the match, they found out they had a spot at state wrapped up.

“We split sets. Coach [Dennis] Stroud told us how the other match went and that we were going to state,” Franklin said. “We were trying to win but in the back of our minds we knew we had made it.”

Since wrapping up a state spot, the pair’s practice time has been limited. Franklin finished out last week at the UIL academics meet, helping the number sense team earn a state spot. She also won the region sound tech award as part of the state qualifying crew of the Slidell one-act play.

The pair are not just happy with making it to the state tournament. They are hoping to bring home some hardware from College Station.

“We want to leave with a medal,” Franklin said.

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