Nia Powers is a three-sport athlete at White County High School, taking her athletic skills from the courts inside the gym to the courts outside in the spring.
Powers, who plays volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter, spends the spring semester outside on the tennis courts where she has worked her way to becoming the Warriorettes’ number one seed.
A junior, who has spent all three years of her high school career as a member of the White County Tennis Team, Powers began playing tennis because she thought the idea sounded intriguing.
“When I was younger, I would play tennis with my dad for fun, so when I found out that we had a tennis team here at the high school, I thought ‘Why not?’” she said, adding that, despite having busy and competitive seasons in the gym during the first three quarters of the school year, she hasn’t regretted the decision to add another sport and stay active through the spring.
Powers, who plays both singles and doubles, partnering with White County’s number two seed, Kate Frasier, and recently played mixed doubles, has set her goals high for the current season.
“I’ve only lost one game this year. In fact, last week, we played Cookeville, and we beat them, so that was pretty big,” she said. “But the ultimate goal for this season is to make it to the region tournament. District is this week, so my goal is to make it to the championship round and go to regions.”
Despite the goal, Powers said tennis adds what she calls a “stress-free factor” to her sports calendar.
“It’s just really fun. You can push yourself to whichever level you choose, how competitive you are is all on you,” she said. “It’s different than the other two sports I play. It is not as stressful or physically aggressive, and the different movements give my body a nice change.”
As for her nine teammates, the school carries five boys and five girls on the tennis team this year. Powers can‘t say enough good things about them.
“I love this tennis team,” she said. “They push me to be better. We are all supportive; everyone is always coming to each other’s match and cheering them on and supporting each other.”
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