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Burlington secondary school’s Jessica Kendell is The Hawk Eye’s Girls Tennis Player of the Year

Burlington secondary school's Jessica Kendell is The Hawk Eye's Girls Tennis Player of the Year

Jessica Kendell didn’t know what’s in store heading into her senior season on the Burlington High School young ladies tennis crew.

After the 2020 season was cleared out because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kendell out of nowhere wound up in a new position. Bailey Galvin stepped in as the Grayhounds’ new mentor, and Kendell began the season as the No. 1 singles player and was combined with Emily Woodsmall at No. 1 duplicates.

After the opening double against Keokuk, Galvin moved Kendell to No. 2 singles and matched her with individual senior Kayla Norton at No. 1 copies.

Also, actually like that, everything was well with the world once more.

Kendell had a colossal senior season and the Grayhounds had a really successful season.

For Kendell, there could have been no more excellent approach to complete out her senior season on the tennis court.

“This season was such a lot of fun. I had another duplicates accomplice, which was fun, and we had a huge load of new young ladies come out this year, which was great,” said Kendell, The Hawk Eye’s Girls Tennis Player of the Year. “I missed not having last season, however we actually headed outside and played a lot. That made this season considerably more uncommon. I’m truly eager to return and watch these little youngsters play one year from now and perceive how they progress.”

Kendell, in the wake of losing her initial match at No. 1 singles, flourished at No. 2 singles. She moved to a 10-4 record at No. 2 singles, with two of those misfortunes coming to force to be reckoned with Fairfield.

Kendell was 43-37 in games.

Kendell and Norton collaborated to shape a strong No. 1 copies group. They went 4-3 in the customary season, with two of those misfortunes coming against Fairfield.

“I adored playing pairs with Kayla. We had loads of fun,” Kendell said. “It was fun watching the entire group improve. Kayla and I played with the more youthful young ladies and showed them a couple of things. It was amusing to watch them learn and develop.”

Kendell is such a decent educator that she is the tennis teacher at Burlington Golf Club in the late spring.

Burlington High School’s Jessica Kendell returns a serve from Keokuk’s Jasmine Saunders in the No. 2 singles match at Dankwardt Park Monday. Kendell won, 8-3.

“I work with the children. We have a camp throughout the late spring. We have a decent gathering of children around here,” Kendell said. “I have been doing this for three seasons. The children are amazing to work with. The children truly get into it. It gets pretty exceptional out there.”

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Kendell didn’t begin playing tennis truly until her first year at BHS. Strangely, previous BHS young ladies tennis trainer Tom Galvin, Bailey’s dad, found Kendell’s undiscovered ability during actual instruction class.

“We were playing badminton in exercise center class one day and Mr. Galvin approached me and said, ‘Hello, you’re not all that terrible at this. You ought to go out for tennis,'” Kendell said.

Kendell took in the game from Cynthia Becker and her auntie, Ginger Brainard, who worked with Kendell when she was visiting the area. Becker gave Kendell exercises and assisted her with getting the work at BGC.

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Kendell will go to Truman State University in the fall and seek after a degree in pre-prescription, fully intent on turning into a pediatrician.

Kendel said tennis will consistently be in her blood, and she expects to continue playing and showing the game she adores.

“I intend to continue to show exercises at BGC in the summers,” Kendell said. “It’s simply such a lot of fun.”

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