Theresa Summerson met her daughter Hannah on the fence. Hannah was in fairly a bind in opposition to Loyalsock in singles, down 6-0, 5-1.
“What are you going to do?” Theresa requested the senior.
Hannah reassured her mom.
“Oh, I bought this.”
She, certainly, had it. Hannah got here again from the jaws of defeat and cemented a comeback on that autumn day again in 2015. One other day within the life.
Theresa noticed Hannah’s confidence at residence, on the court docket and in every single place in between ever for the reason that latter first picked up a racket in kindergarten. Highschool, nevertheless, was the place Hannah routinely had outcomes just like the Loyalsock match.
A two-team, second-team all-conference choice, Hannah helped South Williamsport safe two convention crowns and a district title in her 4 years with the Mounties.
“She was probably the most assured gamers I’ve ever coached,” Theresa stated on Hannah’s varsity profession. “I coached some ladies who might have executed higher or have been extraordinarily good gamers, and Hannah was good too as properly, however she simply had a will to win, which was completely different from the women I’ve coached.”
That can to win nonetheless hasn’t wavered. In her first 12 months as the women tennis coach at Montgomery, Hannah met her old skool — and her mom — on the court docket in South Williamsport’s Neighborhood Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Regardless of a fast clean in No. 1 singles by Olivia Dorner — the senior sensation and No. 31 nationally ranked school recruit — Hannah’s new squad gained, 4-1 in crew rating after.
“I believe it’s a number of enjoyable, win or lose,” Hannah stated following the match. “I wasn’t taking it too significantly.”
Theresa added, “It’s a camaraderie.”
Whereas Theresa began teaching at South Williamsport the 12 months earlier than Hannah entered highschool, the 2 come from a tennis household, and the court docket is a second residence. That’s what makes the game particular for the Summersons.
“She coached me rising up and all all through highschool,” Hannah stated on her mom’s affect in her growth with tennis. “It was a number of enjoyable to have my mother there to look at each match I used to be in and coach you on and off the court docket.”
Like every relationship, it wasn’t at all times excellent. There have been occasions the place Hannah would have a tough sport, get upset together with her mom, the coach.
“Plenty of occasions once I was annoyed, I’d be like, ‘I don’t wish to communicate to my very own mother proper now,’” Hannah stated. “Generally I’d speak to the assistant then in these moments, as a result of it’s simply simpler to take my anger out on her most likely.”
At Lycoming Faculty, Hannah earned 12 MAC Commonwealth Participant of the Week honors in ladies’s tennis — essentially the most of any student-athlete on the establishment. Hannah additionally broke this system file of 86 mixed wins on the MAC Particular person Championships her remaining 12 months, and tied for the fourth-most wins in No. 1 doubles for Lycoming at 11-4 alongside Aubrey Chambers.
Theresa has coached 4 of her 5 kids in tennis. This previous summer time, Hannah and her sister, Lily, competed within the Williamsport ladies’s tennis league and gained in doubles.
“It’s been a number of enjoyable for me to share it with them, and to take pleasure in one thing that I’ve loved for many of my life,” Theresa stated on the household’s involvement within the sport. “To see them having fun with it and going out taking part in for enjoyable, it’s a lifetime sport, so I’m actually joyful for them.”
Montgomery now sits at 6-1 after Tuesday with Hannah heading this system. The Pink Raiders have only one crew loss (Loyalsock).
Theresa was together with her daughter on the identical facet of the fence this time, 5 years after that comeback. The willpower, that can to win, may be seen within the subsequent era for Montgomery.
“I’m tremendous pleased with her. She’s executed a terrific job at holding this crew going,” Theresa stated on the beginning of Hannah’s teaching profession. “Good massive group of ladies she has. They’re all taking part in with good type and approach, which suggests she’s doing a superb job too.”