Once in a generation.
That’s how Coach Tyler Lane describes senior tennis player Julia Adams.
Over the past four years, Adams has really captured what it means to be a Bulldog. Her outstanding tennis abilities and character have proven to make her a great teammate.
“We can always count on her to win her matches, singles and doubles,” Coach Lane said.
But Adams athletic ability is not the only thing that makes her an essential piece to the Bearden tennis team.
“Beyond that, she has been a good captain for us,” Coach Lane said. “She has been one of those captains whose actions speak louder than words.
“She is just a good example that the others can look up to when it comes to hard work and dedication to the sport.”
Adams, who signed to play with Furman next year, believes one of her most important responsibilities she carries as a captain is to be a positive role model for the girls.
“This year is different from any other year on the team because instead of looking up to past captains, I am a captain and it’s important I be a positive role model that the girls can look up to,” Adams said.
Though the team fell short in the district championship earlier in May, Adams’s high school career is not finished yet. She’ll make her fourth straight trip to Murfreesboro when she opens play in the singles state tournament on Thursday.
Team dynamic also helped carry the team this year when they faced challenges.
“It’s safe to say our team has a lot of chemistry,” Adams said. “We are all pretty close and with tennis being such a difficult sport both emotionally and mentally, that has really been important in supporting and lifting each other up during a hard match.”
The entire boys team, along with doubles pairing James Eaves and Grayson Marlow, will join Adams at state in Murfreesboro.
The boys team beat Science Hill 4-1 on Thursday in a state sectional to advance to next week’s state tournament. Their first match is at 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday against Central Magnet.
Eaves and Marlow will play Drew Elliot and Ryan Jacobs from Seigel at 1 p.m. Eastern in a quarterfinal on Thursday. Adams will also play on Thursday at 1 p.m. She’ll match up against Nellina Wooten from Obion County.
With Adams’s career at Bearden coming to an end, it is not an understatement to say that her impact has been deeply felt.
“She is just one of those players that typically don’t play for a high school tennis team; they play travel tennis or USTA tennis tournaments all the time,” Coach Lane said. “I am really pleased and proud of her for playing for the team and committing to the team and committing to the schedule and really being what it takes to being an essential part of the team.”