Highline Tennis: Present and Recent Past
April 11, 2021
The Highline Women’s Tennis team got a chance to meet and play with and against some of former players in the program. Here are some photos of the occasion.
New to the Highline Tennis Team
By Head Coach Laura Rosa:
Introducing Selah Carlisle to the 2020-21 TBird Tennis roster! Selah is an experienced USTA tournament player from Philomath, Oregon. The steady lefty played both singles and doubles for Philomath High School and finished her junior year undefeated and as the #1 seed in the District Tournament. She was also named “Most Inspirational Player” and her coaches had high hopes for a state berth this year before the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the season. Philomath head coach Gary Quandt says, “In Selah you are getting hard worker, great teammate and someone who will listen and work for you. She is a gritty player who will give you 100% every point of every match.” Her club coach Sam Larson echoed those thoughts, “Selah is an amazing student of the game; she trusts her coaches and will make whatever adjustments needed. She is super sweet and she is hungry!” TBird head coach Laura Rosa is confident that Selah will fit right in with the team, “Both her coaches’ feedback and tournament results point to Selah being a steady player who will keep the ball in play as long as necessary to win the point. COVID took a lot away from student-athletes this year, I am especially happy that she has this chance to finish what she set out to do and become a champion.” Please help us welcome Selah Carlisle to TBird Nation!
By Head Coach Laura Rosa:
Please help us welcome Rachel Wilkerson to the TBird Tennis family! Rachel took quite the journey to get to Highline. She is a 2018 graduate of Centralia HS where she was a stand-out 3 sport athlete. As a tennis player Rachel was a 2x captain, District Champion and 3x State Qualifier, placing as high as 8th in singles and 5th in doubles. Unfortunately the TBirds recruited her just a little bit too late as she had already signed to play BOTH volleyball and basketball at Centralia College. She stayed in touch though, and after earning her Associates Degree from Centralia as a 2-sport student-athlete with a 3.82 GPA, Rachel will be transferring to Highline College this fall to play tennis and begin a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Bob Peters, Rachel’s former NWAC Athletic Director says, “Rachel is such a neat person, you will love her. She has great drive and determination in all that she does. The gains she made athletically from year 1 to 2 were outstanding and she is a top-notch student.” TBird Head Coach Laura Rosa says, “There have to be just a handful of college athletes ever who legitimately played 3 different sports. We waited patiently for Rachel to come to Highline, I am beyond excited to finally get her on the team and on the court.”