PLEASANT VIEW Minutes after defeating Alta's Aubrey Paul 6-1, 6-3 for her first state title, Weber tennis star MaryAnne Macfarlane started thinking about homework.
At a time where you would expect her to be mulling over final details of a lengthy post match celebration, the sophomore instead had planned to devote that night to completing a couple of assignments coming due. It didn't seem like an ideal way to celebrate, but she couldn't ignore her classes with the girls tennis season officially at an end.
"I don't want to do it, but I have to," Macfarlane said. "I'm a student-athlete."
If anyone also fits the definition of athlete in student-athlete equation, it certainly would be Macfarlane. She blew past one competitor after another on her way to capturing a Region 1 title and then a 5A title in first singles. At times, just simply winning a game or two against the sophomore sensation felt almost the same as a match win against another player.
But it would be foolish to think Macfarlane captured a state title on talent alone. Building on a runner-up finish as a freshman was as much a result of all the hard work she put into improving herself over the offseason.
Macfarlane has no plans to slack off either, now that she finally has a state championship to her credit.
"It doesn't change that much," she said. "I just have to keep working hard because I have tournaments. I don't just stop playing. I still have year-round tournaments. So I try to build on it and improve."
Macfarlane, like sisters Hadley and Lauren before her, is pretty much synonymous with the Weber girl's tennis program these days. But the Warriors proved they can't be considered a one-woman team.
Weber finished second at the Region 1 tournament, only two points behind perennial tennis powerhouse Davis. The Warriors then built on that finish in the 5A tournament by forging a fourth-place tie with Spanish Fork and Brighton.
"Compared to where we were last year, I am proud of every single one of these girls," said Weber coach Carolyn Macfarlane. "They just want to play tennis. They love the game. What more could I ask for than to have my whole team just love to play tennis?"
The Warriors have a good opportunity to build on this year's finish heading into next season. Weber returns all but three players from its varsity and junior varsity squads. Besides Macfarlane, Ashley Jolin and Carly Lloyd are back at second and third singles respectively. First doubles team Megan McKnight and Rachel Christensen also return, as does Olivia Love at second doubles.
Even with all the experienced players on hand, there is a talented junior varsity group ready to push for spots on the varsity roster.
All of it adds up to a Warriors team that could be a huge factor in Region 1 for a couple of years. Just simply having a state champion in the fold is already having a snowball effect in feeding more energy and excitement into the program.
The rest of the team is dying to imitate Macfarlane's success."It's huge," Macfarlane said. "They're all excited for her. They all want to be a part of it."
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