Before she is finished with her high school career, Augusta Prep’s Brooke Stevens has the opportunity to accomplish a rare feat.
After winning the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA girls individual title for the third-consecutive year this season, the rising junior has a chance to finish with five state titles before she is done.
“It’s crazy,” Stevens said of the possibility. “I’m scared an eighth-grader is going to come up and do what I did to those people, so I’m a little nervous sometimes.”
The difference between the eighth-grader who won a state title until now is self-belief.
“I’ve got more confident,” Stevens said. “When I went out as an eighth-grader I didn’t picture myself ever winning.”
But while she had success individually at Augusta Prep, former head coach Chris Dickson was more impressed with the way she handled herself in the team setting.
“She wants to do everything to help the team win and have success, not so much her individual stuff when it comes to school tennis,” Dickson said. “She’s about the team, not about Brooke.”
The team has done well since Stevens has been playing, winning the Class AAA title in 2011, finishing second in 2012 and advancing to the semifinals this season.
While she would have liked for the team to win another title this year, she was more pleased with the way the team played together.
“I’m so happy,” Stevens said. “I actually am. The team got along so much better this year.”
Outside of school, for rising junior girls Stevens is ranked No. 133 nationally, No. 41 in the Southeast and No. 11 in Georgia.
During the fall she is a standout on Prep’s volleyball team. While she’ll still play tournaments on the weekends when possible, it’s that time away from the sport that helps keep her focused the rest of the year.
“I think it actually betters my game because training so much in the spring can burn someone out if you did it full year-round,” Stevens said. “And then I feel like with that break I’m all ready to go out.”