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From left, Lexi Baylis, Dana Olsen, Paige Olsen, and Isabella Spindler. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
May 21, 2014 - Lady Wolves' Lexi Baylis, Dana Olsen, Paige Olsen and Isabella Spindler may compete individually on the tennis courts, but it is all about the team.

"If we individually do well, it helps the team," said Dana. "But we want it for the team so bad."

"We just want to help them the best we can," Spindler said. "We win together, we lose together."

All four won their flights on Friday to become regional champions and helped Clarkston win their fourth consecutive MHSAA Girls Tennis Regional title.

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"The big Mitt trophy is great to have in our hands," Dana smiled after the regional win.

The four added so far the season has been good for them.

"We are playing better than we ever had," Baylis said. "For me, I get better and better each match I play."

"It is a work in progress just like anything else," Spindler said. "We have good days and bad days, but it is about coming together and performing well as a team."

The four also won their flights during the OAA Red tournament on May 17, which they were nominated for Athletes of the Week.

As they prepare for the state finals set for next week, they shared advice for aspiring athletes.

"Confidence and self belief is the most important traits you can have," Spindler said. "You need to be positive and push yourself to you own limit."

Baylis added in order to do well, you have to work hard.

"Those long days you don't feel like doing anything, you need to keep on going," Paige said. "Your opponents are working just that hard..

Baylis and the Olsen sisters graduate on June 2 while Spindler will be back next year when she is a junior.

"Paige, Dana and I are enjoying our last season," Baylis added. "We wouldn't have it any other way. It's been a great season but we aren't done yet."

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. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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