Originally created 08/20/06

Tennis player wants state title for North Augusta



Opponents, beware: Amanda Davis has a lot of game.

"I love my forehand," said Amanda, who is North Augusta High School's top seed and the only senior on its varsity tennis team this fall. ''Whacking - it makes me feel really good."

Amanda has been playing with the high school team since she was in eighth grade. She was the top seed during her sophomore year and was the second seed last year. She was the team's most valuable player her sophomore year and has been voted by other coaches to the all-region squad the past two years.

The North Augusta tennis team has made it to the state playoffs for the past two years.

Amanda is part of a tennis playing family. Her parents, Brad and Mary Davis, also play and taught their daughter the fundamentals at an early age.

She went on to take lessons at the North Augusta Country Club. During the high school off-season, she plays tennis with the Petersburg Racquet Club's academy team, an invitational squad.

Amanda says her goal is to propel her team to the state championship this season.

"I hope we can make it to state. I hope we have fun and do well," she said.

Amanda doesn't plan to give up tennis after she graduates.

"Fifty years from now, I will still be able to play," she said.

However, she's realistic about her chances of playing on a college team.

"I'm thinking about going to Clemson or Oregon State. I probably can't play tennis for them, but I'll continue to play club tennis," she said.

Tennis isn't the only extracurricular activity in which Amanda participates at North Augusta High. She's on the yearbook staff and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club and the National Honor Society.

Through school, she volunteers in the community at city events such as Kids Earth Day in April, as well as at the Nancy Carson Library.

Math is one of her favorite subjects, and she plans to make it her major in college.

Amanda is not sure of what career path she wants to follow, but said she's considering becoming a high school teacher or an accountant.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.