Sophomore Julie Wallace Finishes Fantastic Year With a Win In First Round of State Tournament
by Megan Allen
Sophomore Julie Wallace traveled to Columbia to compete in the State Tennis Championships.
She was the only player that was left from Walkersville to experience a state tournament this year.
Wallace is back to back County and Regional single Champion. Last year she lost first round, but this year she improved with a comeback and went on to the second round but lost to the first seed.
“I am really sad that I lost but extremely proud of myself. I am only a sophomore and I am hoping that I keep improving each year. I have always wanted to go really far to know that all my hard work paid off so I am hoping for that next year.” said Wallace.
The first match she won in three sets with scores of 4-6, 6-1, and 6-4. The second match she lost 0-6 and 0-6.
Wallace continued, “The first set I played in states was the first set I lost all year, so I was really nervous but I just forgot about it and then I came back to win. I just need to learn how to relax and just play if things aren’t going my way.” When Wallace was asked about what she needs to keep doing to improve for the upcoming years, she replies “I just really need to work on my serves because they can win you matches or also make you lose.”
Athletic Director Mike Mummert said “For being that young and having that much passion and skill… it is just amazing. I see her on the weekends just practicing on her own and it is just astonishing. If she keeps putting in the work, I have no doubt that she will bring home a state name her senior year.”
This year Wallace made a name for herself in Frederick County next year she is hoping to make a name for herself statewide.