April 24, 2013 - Sophomore Katie Hubregsen fought in the Lady Wolves' first home dual meet of the season against Seaholm.
Katie Hubregsen battles during the Pioneer Tournament last Saturday.Photo provided (click for larger version)
With a tied score, it came down to her court, Singles #4, to determine the winner. Hubregsen ended up beating her opponent, Rachel Fenberg, 6-1, 6-4, to put the Clarkston Girls Varsity Tennis team 5-4 for the ending score.
"She won it handedly. She did a great job," said head coach Becky Freeman. "She was in control and very confident. I knew we had the win based on the way she was playing. If she had not been as tough it would have been a different outcome."
Hubregsen added she thought it was a great way to start the spring season. She admitted a challenge she faced going into the match was playing singles since she was part of a doubles team last year.
"It was also a mind challenge," she said. "Instead of being with a partner always telling you good job I had to rely on myself and figure out how I could stay mentally stable."
She is accustomed to playing on the singles court. During the summer with her Oakhurst team and in the winter with the Deer Lake 18U team.
Her personal goals for her sophomore season include making it far into the MHSAA Regional play as well as winning as many matches as she can.
"I want to be proud of the outcome no matter what it is," she added. "I want to be proud of what I accomplished even if I lose."
She began playing around three-years-old when her older sister, Abbey, began playing.
"When I watched her play I got really excited about it," Katie recalled. "I wanted to try it. I started to play with her and it went from there. I love the game and the feeling I get when I play it. I am always excited when I get out there and play. I love being out there with my friends and meeting new people."
Abbey played the Singles #4 court last year as a senior and has helped Katie.
"She is always watching out for me," said Katie. "She wants the best for me. She is always there."
Katie added it is going to be a great year for the team since they all want the same goal to make it to state finals and are determined to achieve it.
During the fall, Katie is on the sidelines cheering on the varsity football team. She also tumbles at GOB in Ortonville.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.