Theresa Summerson met her daughter Hannah on the fence. Hannah was in fairly a bind towards Loyalsock in singles, down 6-0, 5-1.
“What are you going to do?” Theresa requested the senior.
Hannah reassured her mom.
“Oh, I obtained 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 house, on the court docket and all over the place in between ever because the latter first picked up a racket in kindergarten. Highschool, nonetheless, 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 one of the vital assured gamers I’ve ever coached,” Theresa mentioned on Hannah’s varsity profession. “I coached some women who might have accomplished higher or have been extraordinarily good gamers, and Hannah was good too as properly, however she simply had a will to win, which was totally different from the ladies I’ve coached.”
That may to win nonetheless hasn’t wavered. In her first 12 months as the ladies tennis coach at Montgomery, Hannah met her old fashioned — 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 received, 4-1 in group rating after.
“I feel it’s loads of enjoyable, win or lose,” Hannah mentioned following the match. “I wasn’t taking it too critically.”
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 house. That’s what makes the game particular for the Summersons.
“She coached me rising up and all all through highschool,” Hannah mentioned on her mom’s affect in her improvement with tennis. “It was loads 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 several relationship, it wasn’t at all times good. There have been occasions the place Hannah would have a tough recreation, get upset along with her mom, the coach.
“A number of occasions after I was pissed off, I’d be like, ‘I don’t need to converse to my very own mother proper now,’” Hannah mentioned. “Generally I might discuss to the assistant then in these moments, as a result of it’s simply simpler to take my anger out on her in all probability.”
At Lycoming Faculty, Hannah earned 12 MAC Commonwealth Participant of the Week honors in ladies’s tennis — probably the most of any student-athlete on the establishment. Hannah additionally broke this system report of 86 mixed wins on the MAC Particular person Championships her ultimate 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 season, Hannah and her sister, Lily, competed within the Williamsport ladies’s tennis league and received in doubles.
“It’s been loads 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 mentioned on the household’s involvement within the recreation. “To see them having fun with it and going out taking part in for enjoyable, it’s a lifetime sport, so I’m actually pleased for them.”
Montgomery now sits at 6-1 after Tuesday with Hannah heading this system. The Crimson Raiders have only one group loss (Loyalsock).
Theresa was along with her daughter on the identical aspect of the fence this time, 5 years after that comeback. The willpower, that may to win, will be seen within the subsequent technology for Montgomery.
“I’m tremendous happy with her. She’s accomplished an ideal job at conserving this group going,” Theresa mentioned 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 method, which suggests she’s doing an excellent job too.”