The closing of an era happened April 3rd as five students on the Piedmont college women’s and men’s tennis teams had their senior day. Coaches, teammates, friends and family members gathered around for a sweet ceremony before playing a match against Brevard College.
During the ceremony, Shane Wood, who is in his 15th season as head coach of the Lions, gave a heartfelt speech about each player and their commitment for the past four years along with a framed photo to help the seniors remember the good memories they had as a team.
Bryan Barnett, a senior business major, and member of the men’s Piedmont tennis team, was overcome with joy at seeing all the people that supported him through his college career cheering him on. “ It was the best day, I loved playing my match and being able to look around and see the signs my fellow teammates made for me, it just meant a lot to me to have them all there cheering me on knowing it was going to be one of my last matches ever as a Piedmont Lion.”
Throughout the day they cheered each other on, whether they were down in the set or up. They laughed and cut up about memories they shared over the past four years together, wishing they had more time to play the sport they love for the team they love. “It was bittersweet knowing I’ll soon be done, but it was nice to remember the good four years we as seniors have had, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the rest of the Lions”, said Tatiana Burkett, a senior biology major and member of the Piedmont women’s tennis team.
Coach Martin, who was a member of the Piedmont men’s tennis team in 2015, has seen most of these players grow up, on and off the court. Martin said it was a bittersweet moment being able to see his friends and players celebrate their college tennis careers and realizing they will soon be graduating. “All of our seniors that were able to be there got to play singles and doubles, which helped contribute to both, women’s and men’s team, getting a conference win. That was great to see because this senior class has meant so much to both programs,” said Martin. “I am sad to see them go, but I know they have great things ahead of them.”
They finished their senior day with a victory for both the women and men’s teams leading them one step closer to that conference title. The Piedmont Lions are hoping to win conference and leave the seniors with a memory of a lifetime.
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