For a group of 12 tennis playing ladies, the hard work and dedication finally paid off as they achieved the goal they’ve been working towards for two years.
This team, comprised mostly of Minden women, captured the multi-state title of Southern Sectional Champions in the 5.5 Combo Division in Mobile, Alabama. The tournament featured teams from across the southern states with competitors from South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas.
The Minden team, called Blabalots, began playing tennis together in October of 2010 under the instruction of Coach Hau Nguyen.
Their captain, Amanda Gulley, said that during those beginning years Coach Hau told us, “Stick together, support each other and work cooperatively as a team and together you will win championships.”
However, this is not the first title for the Blabalots. Their first title came in 2012 as a 5.0 combo team. After their win in 2012, they set their sights on a 5.5 combo win.
With higher ratings, now the team needed to add more players. Presently, this diverse team is made up of therapists, educators, medical professionals, bookkeepers, technology specialists and even multiple sets of sisters with a common love for tennis, a desire to be competitive and an appreciation for the friendships that have been formed through the sport.
The group would like to thank Hau Nguyen for introducing them to tennis, for teaching them so patiently, for infecting them with the love of the sport and for continuing to believe in them.