Centennial tennis camp makes quite a racket

Centennial tennis coach Natalya Nikitina-Helvey was thrilled to have 42 future Spartans attend her tennis camp last week.

The camp ran from June 3-6 and the numbers were the best for the camp since Nikitina-Helvey took over the program.

“I was happy to see that many,”  Nikitina-Helvey said. “That is about where we want to be because any more would be hard to handle.”

Helping Nikitina-Helvey with the camp were her assistant coach, Terri Klaiber, the president of the tennis booster club and a volunteer from the tennis team who is an incoming senior.

The level of talent at the camp ranged from complete beginners to those who already know how to play and want to improve their game.

“My interest is always to see what kind of talent there is at the middle school level,” Nikitina-Helvey said. “That is what helps build the program up. There were a few good kids that I encouraged to come out for our tryouts.”

On the last day of camp, Nikitina-Helvey told the campers that it doesn’t matter if you take private lessons or group lessons, the biggest thing you can do is just go out and play tennis.

“The only way to get better is to go out and play more,” Nikitina-Helvey said.

The tryouts for the tennis team are at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Centennial tennis courts.

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