Cy Ranch’s newest varsity tennis player, Grant Curington, arrived at Bryan High School early on August 11th looking to start off the upcoming season on a good note.
Curington has been playing tennis for five years now, and last year he was on the junior varsity squad as a freshman, finishing with a winning record.
“Being the number one player on JV gave me the opportunity to work from a leadership role,” Curington said on his first year. “I worked hard to improve and it paid off. Overall it was a good freshman year.”
Despite getting a medal and winning JV MVP in freshman year, his biggest achievement was beating The Woodlands’ Aidan Fish in the semifinals of a school tournament.
“I say this because he should’ve destroyed me,” Curington said about Fish. “But I played one of the highest quality matches of my life and won 8-6 in an 8 game pro set.”
Using his ability to convert close to the net with volleys, Curington was able to set a game plan against opponents like Fish.
“I did as much as I could to get in to the net, my volleys are my best shot,” he said.
Curington showed why he was JV MVP in the Back to School tournament, cruising to a straight set victory (6-2, 6-1) early against Zion Riojas.
Despite his serving being off, he was still able to use his net game to his advantage, not missing once up close.
“It was lacking, but I got through the match,” Curington said on his performance. “Kept the ball consistent. I played consistently and did what I could to let him beat himself.”
He played the match wish some foot discomfort, with his bend being off, but was able to take a few hours break before his next match, and during that time was able to get some practice in on his serve.
Returning from the break, Curington continued to dominate, defeating Jacob Yancy in straight sets again, 6-1, 6-3. Although this match took slightly longer to win, Curington was able to get his serve together and finish on a good note.
“I feel really good about that match I played well, I liked my opponent, kept the ball in play, got most of my serves in,” Curington said on his second match improvements.
Not only did he win both matches, but he also took home a sportsmanship award after his second match. He returned to the tournament the next day but lost in the semi-finals 6-1, 6-3.
Entering his sophomore season on the varsity level, he’s looking to improve in all areas, but on attitude and mental game above everything else.
“The thing people to don’t realize is that most tennis players have good strokes, but shot selection, attitude, and strategy are what win matches,” Curington said.
When it comes to expectations, Curington is very confident he can throw more coal on the fire from last year and be a key part to Cy Ranch’s varsity squad.
“I’m gonna be working hard, striving to improve, and hopefully taking down the competition,” he said.
There’s a lot of potential in Cy Ranch’s young star, and he’s ready to make the jump to varsity and show out in every game he plays.
Tommy Yarrish is a student at Bridgeland HS and a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...