KEZI 9 Sports Senior Series: Marist Girls Tennis

Marist Girls Tennis made its mark with a state title in 2019.

Posted: May 21, 2020 3:14 PM
Updated: May 21, 2020 3:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Marist Catholic High School seniors Kallie Harding and Ellie Gonyea never played together as double on the tennis court. But the two will be forever linked for what they accomplished.

“It doesn’t feel like we left anything unfinished from last year,” Gonyea 

In 2019 the Spartans won its first team state title since 1998. 

“Our team chemistry last year was awesome," Harding said. "I think getting that team win was really special for everybody.”

It was even more special for Harding and Gonyea who won't get a chance to repeat as state champs or the opportunity to play that final senior day match. 

“I just had really high hopes for this season," Gonyea said. "To find out that wasn’t going to happen anymore was just really upsetting.”

For this pair of seniors the good memories will last longer than disappointment.

“We will have themed practices where it’s crazy sock day or it’ll be Hawaiian luau-themed," Gonyea said. "Those are always fun because you get to see your teammates personalities.”

The season may have been forgotten but the legacy the seniors left will always be remembered. 

“We definitely form strong bonds are supportive of one another," head coach Jeff Priske. "These two are definitely good leadership examples."

Harding and Gonyea leave Marist with more than just trophies. 

“There’s no separation between seniors and freshman," Harding said. "Everyone is close. It doesn’t matter the age.”

The two left with lifelong friendships.

“Just the memories with all those people in my life now because of tennis probably the most important thing," Gonyea said.

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