New Mikaela Grubb

Enterprise’s Mikaela Grubb was named the Dothan Eagle’s 2019 Girls Tennis Player of the Year. She finished with an 11-1 singles record with an appearance in the Class 7A State Tournament. She was also 10-2 in doubles matches on the season.

Mikaela Grubb/Enterprise

2019 Girls Tennis Player of Year

>> Background: Grubb was a senior and the No. 1 singles player this year for Enterprise and head coach Robyn Carr. She also played No. 1 doubles. A member of the Enterprise tennis team the last five seasons, Grubb repeated as the Dothan Eagle Girls Tennis Player of the Year, also winning it last year. She also earned Dothan Eagle Super 12 honors in the fall in volleyball.

>> 2019 stats: Grubb finished the season with an 11-1 record in singles with the only loss coming in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament to eventual state champion Emma Karcher of Mountain Brook. Grubb was 9-0 in regular-season matches. She also had a 10-2 record in doubles play with Ella Sawyer (injured halfway in season) and Mary Rives Marquis. She helped Enterprise reach the state tournament.

>> Thoughts on being named player of year: I am excited and honored to be named the player of the year and to represent my school and my family.

>> What goals did you have this season? Just to encourage my team and to push my teammates to do their best. I wanted us to make it to state again.

>> Was winning a state individual title a goal too? That was one of my goals. I knew if the draw fell right there was a chance I could make it to the finals, but I ended up having to play Mountain Brook first and she ended up winning the whole thing. But I played really good in that match (lost 6-4, 6-0). I played the best I’ve ever played. I was proud of how I played against her.

>> How did you feel you played overall this season? I felt I played good. Some matches I was more consistent than other matches. The consistency helped me. I won more matches because I was more consistent.

>> What were your strengths this season? My strength was definitely my serve. I have always been pretty strong in serving. I also have a good down the line backhand.

>> What areas did you try to improve your game this year? My volleyball helps with the conditioning and keeping me in shape. I did that (conditioning) and I did a lot of running too.

>> What will you do next year? I am going to Mississippi State and major in engineering, either chemical or industrial. I am not sure yet which one. I may do some intramural (sports).

>> Carr on Grubbs: She doesn’t give up. You could walk over to the court and she could be down – which is very rare – and turn around 10 minutes later and the match is over and she has won. She just doesn’t give up whether it is volleyball, tennis or in the classroom. She gives it 110 percent. She is that kind of kid in whatever she does. She is determined to succeed and win.

>> Carr on Grubbs’ best attribute: She is very self-disciplined. It takes very little coaching her on the court. She pretty much talks herself through each and every point out there. She has played long enough that she knows what adjustments she needs to make and fixes what she has to do.

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