Tennis Lady Eagle Hannah Parker Signs with TWC

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Hannah Parker with family, coaches and school administrators prepares to sign scholarship papers to attend Tennessee Wesleyan University and play tennis next year.(Phtto:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Parker will play tennis at Tennessee Wesleyan University

October 2018

Evensville, TN —  On Monday, October 8, 2018, in front of family, teammates, friends, coaches and school officials, Hannah Parker signed to play tennis at Tennessee Wesleyan University.  Hannah was excited to attend the same school as her mother.  Franisco Gallordo who will be coaching his second year at TWC was excited to add Hanah to his roster.  He praised her work ethic on the court and in the classroom.

Hannah began playing tennis in seventh grade and arrived at High School a way down on the depth chart, but over the years she has worked hard to be in the mix for the number two spot this spring.  Hannah and the team are looking for a great 2019 season.

Hannah will be playing for a coach Franisco Gallordo, who was one of the most successful players every at Tennessee Wesleyan.  His singles record was 61-23,and doubles record was 59-27.   The team finished sixth in the AAC conference in 2017-18 season year.

Coach Lil Andrews said, “She(Parker) started playing in the seventh grade and I have coached her since the ninth grade.  She is a super hard worker.  Puts in the time on the courts.  I don’t know anyone who does more.”

“She recently began playing in United Tennis Federation Association Tournaments in the summer, which is also good high level competition.”

“I remember when she got bit with the bug of tennis.  We were playing over at Warren County and she was one of the last one playing at the number six spot.  She was one of last ones playing, won the match and gave the team the win 5-4.  It was like the light went on.  She is a joy to coach and has always done everything I have asked of her.”

Hannah answered question on why she chose Tennessee Wesleyan.  Hannah said, “My mom graduated from there and I went to take a tour and I absolutely loved it.  I said, “whether I play tennis or not I am going to go to Tennessee Wesleyan.””

On how she moved up the depth chart over the years, she said, “I just played every day when I could.  In the summer at USTA, I usually played a level up.”

Asked about coach Lil Andrews, Hannah said, “My freshman year, I never talked so  Lil gave me a megaphone but the next year she presented me with duct tape, cause I talked too much.”

 

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