Audrey Gillespie is following in her sister’s footsteps. Her sister, Laney, was a tennis standout at Mt. Vernon Township High School and transferred to Rend Lake College to continue her tennis career. Now Audrey, a great tennis player in her own right, is making the transition to RLC.
Audrey Gillespie recently signed on to play for the RLC Lady Warriors this fall under Head Coach Diane Metzger.
“She will probably battle for the top half of the order,” said Metzger. “She has continued to improve every year. She’s become more aggressive and she has a good serve. I like players who get excited and go after the ball.”
Randy Knox, Head Tennis Coach at MVTHS, said Gillespie is very consistent in all aspects of the game. She has good ground strokes and her volley and net game have improved greatly, he said.
“She has a great work ethic. She leads by example,” said Knox. “She conducts herself well on and off the court.” Gillespie’s team won the conference in both her freshman and sophomore years.
Walt Maynor, a personal tennis coach to Audrey and her sister, said both are good players. “I enjoyed coaching them because they are hard workers,” he said.
Audrey Gillespie was voted Most Valuable Player by her team this year.
“I look forward to improving and experiencing new competition,” she said. The 18-year-old Mt. Vernon resident will enroll in general education classes at RLC while she decides on an area of study.
For more information, contact Metzger at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1773.
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