Trinity netter has enjoyed doubles career


When Macey Prewitt was a student at Immanuel Lutheran School, she and some friends talked about starting a tennis team.

One day, they shared that idea with the athletic director.

“He thought that sounded like a good idea as long as there were other schools that had middle school tennis teams,” Prewitt said. “We just kind of started playing.”

Prewitt, now a senior at Trinity Lutheran High School, has remained with the sport ever since.

“I like the competition,” she said. “You never know what you’re going to get yourself into or how good your opponents going to be. It’s the sport that has interested me the most.”

Prewitt played in some varsity matches as a sophomore.

“I think I play varsity half the season my sophomore year, and then my junior and senior year was full varsity,” Prewitt said.

This season, Prewitt is playing No. 1 doubles after starting at No. 2 doubles in 2017.

She said there is a big difference facing the No. 1 or No. 2 doubles teams from opposing schools.

“It’s more competition,” Prewitt said. “If I was still playing No. 2 doubles, there would be a greater chance that we could beat them, but not No. 1. It’s closer scores.”

Prewitt said Lauren Fleetwood has been her doubles partner most of the season, and they played together last season.

They play to each other’s strengths.

“I feel my backhand is better than Lauren’s. She’s a stronger forehand player. I kind of take control of the backhand,” Prewitt said. “I like to play back. I can keep the volleys going longer. (Fleetwood) is a great net player.

“If I’m on the left side of the court, I have to tell her to switch over to the right side to cover the front part of the court so I’m covering the back part, and if we switch, then I have to yell, ‘Switch.’ We have to communicate back and forth. If she can’t get the ball first, then she tells me, and I have to get the ball.”

On the schedule, Prewitt looks forward to home matches.

“I like the home matches better because those are the courts you practice on every day,” she said. ” Here, we have a lot of wind, so we learn how to play with it at practice, so I feel we have a better advantage when it comes to that.”

She said practice is very important.

“It teaches you how to play with your partner before you go into your match, so it’s good to have that and know how each other plays and find out what one person’s weak at and what their strengths are,” she said.

Staying positive also is important, she said.

“I always try to encourage my partner,” Prewitt said. “We usually do pretty good to encourage each other. We usually don’t get down about missing a point. We tell each other that we’ll get it next time, so I think it’s important because it helps keep a positive attitude throughout the match.”

The senior said she is glad she chose to attend Trinity.

“I’ve enjoyed all the bonds with the teachers and the teachers’ willingness to help you and make you a better student,” Prewitt said. “The theology class helps you to broaden your theology. You learn more about it. I’ll remember my friends and the good attitudes on the courts. We always try to encourage each other while we’re playing — the positive Christian attitudes.”

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Name: Macey Prewitt

School: Trinity Lutheran

Parents: Nathan and Melissa Prewitt

Sibling: Tanner

Sport: Tennis, four years

Athletic highlight: 2017 most improved award

Organizations: National Honor Society, Art Club, student ambassador, Culture Club, events team, 4-H, church youth group

Plans after high school: Attend Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg and study sonography

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite music: Country


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