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April 3, 2014Northwest Montana A Conference
Rams’ Fagg sets sights on Class A supremacy
Barclay Fagg is not cocky by any means. Or even overconfident.
But she is aware of the opportunity in front of her as she begins her sophomore season of tennis at Billings Central.
“Yes, I am,” said Fagg with a wide smile when asked if she’s thinking about winning this year’s State A singles title. “It’s definitely my goal. I know a lot of people are expecting me to win it since I was second as a freshman … I’m OK with that.”
Fagg lost only seven matches as a freshman. Five of those defeats came at the hands of Glendive’s Morgan Opp, who wrapped up a remarkable career with her third State A singles title.
With Opp now out of the way — she’s a freshman at MSU Billings — Fagg admits that she’s thought about matching Opp’s accomplishment of winning three state titles.
“I’ve thought about it … it’s a good goal,” said Fagg. “But I also know that’s a long ways away. I just want to focus on this season and playing well and helping our team try to win state.”
First-year Central girls coach Laura Housinger, who played college tennis at Gonzaga and MSU Billings, said Fagg has a complete game and continues to improve.
“Barclay has a strong all-around game … she’s comfortable at the net and on the baseline,” said Housinger. “Her footwork is great for a player her age. And she’s always practicing and competing in tournaments … she’s always looking to get better.”
Though she also plays volleyball for the Rams as well as club volleyball, Fagg finds plenty of time for tennis. She said her parents and siblings — her twin brother Harrison plays for the Central boys team — compete in tournaments inBillings,Bozeman,Great FallsandMissoulain the summer, and this winter she played in indoor tournaments inBillings,Great FallsandMissoula.
“I do daily lessons whenever I have time, too,” she added. “There’s always something in your game that you can improve on.”
In addition to Fagg, the Central girls return seniors Becca Shipp and Casey Tehle and junior Sarina Aamold from last year’s team that finished third at state behindCorvallisand Glendive.
“I really believe we can win it this year,” said Fagg. “We learned a lot last year, and we have a lot of strong players back. It takes tennis ability and mental ability to win matches at state, and I feel like we have both.”