Hard work has paid off for Chapmanville Regional High School tennis athlete Emily Stroud.
In his last year with the team the senior and No. 1 singles player, has qualified for this weekend’s Class AA/A state tournament in Charleston.
Stroud said she’s thrilled to be able to play in the state tourney.
“It feels like I have accomplished something,” Stroud said. “I have played all four years of high school and I’m happy that all of my hard work has finally paid off. When I first started tennis in the ninth grade, I just thought it would be something fun to do while cheerleading was out of season. I never expected to love it so much and get so good at it.”
Stroud said she gained a lot of confidence on the hard court, especially this season as the Chapmanville girls’ tennis team continued to pile up the wins.
“When I discovered that I had the potential to be good, I worked hard and got there,” she said. “Last year I was the number one seed as well, but didn’t have the confidence. This year, I realized I was a lot better than most in my region.”
Stroud has also been well known over the years as a Chapmanville cheerleader and a popular pick to sing the National Anthem before CRHS boys’ basketball games.
“I like to sing and I have liked being a cheerleader,” she said. “I’ve been in many types of honor choir and I sing in church. I am valedictorian of my class, a class officer, a member of the National Honor Society and I also sing the National Anthem at all of our home basketball games. I have also went to states in cheerleading as well.”
Stroud said she plans on going to college at Marshall University.
“My plans are to head to Huntington to study at Marshall University. My course of study is going to be a doctorate in physical therapy,” she said.
Stroud will not be alone at the state tournament.
Four other Chapmanville tennis players have also qualified.
Seniors and No. 1 girls doubles players Allie Carter and Kylie Clay made it to state as well. This is Clay’s second trip to the state tournament. Last year, she qualified in singles play. Clay is the first girl in Chapmanville Regional High School history to play in the state tournament in singles and doubles.
Tigers’ senior Seth Deskins, the No. 1 boys singles player, also qualified.
Sophomore Kishan Patel, the No. 3 boys player, made it to state in singles, while the No. 1 boys doubles team of Deskins and Patel qualified as well.