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Aly Henneberry Joins Meredith Women's Tennis Team

 

March 29, 2018

Jeremiah Reed

Brevard Lady Blue Devil Aly Henneberry committed to play tennis for Meredith College during a Tuesday morning ceremony. Henneberry had a highly decorated high school career, including being named Conference Player of the Year as a junior and making a trip to the North Carolina individual state finals.

When she entered high school as a freshman, Aly Henneberry had one goal – make the most of her four years at Brevard High and then move on to play collegiate tennis.

Tuesday morning, that goal was achieved as Henneberry signed her letter of commitment to join the Meredith Avenging Angels.

Henneberry was a four-year starter for the Lady Blue Devils, including three seasons as their top singles player.

And while she had a fantastic high school career, Henneberry said the reality of actually moving on to play at the next level was a surreal experience.

"This is really fantastic," Henneberry said. "When I came into high school I didn't think it was possible to play college tennis, and now, coming from finding the perfect college to play for and going through the signing process, it's unbelievable."

Over the course of her career at Brevard, Henneberry finished with a 40-15 record in singles play.

She won the now defunct WNC Athletic Conference singles title as a sophomore and a junior.

Her junior season was her most succesful as she finished the year 14-2, won the Confererence Player of the Year award and qualified for the individual state finals.

She came up just short of making another run in the state tournament as a senior, but still finished as one of the top singles players in the area.

Part of her development wasn't just based on skills, but also becoming the team's leader after taking over the top singles spot as a sophomore.

"When I came in we had a very strong team and I was playing in the four spot. So, I didn't have a lot of stress on my shoulders. But then, as a sophomore, I took over the number one spot and was a captain, and I really had to fill the shoes of Kathleen (Elliott) the former number one player. So, through trying to be the best player I could be, both for myself and for the team, I evolved and realized I had to work harder so I could meet my own goals," Henneberry said.

While her play was ultimately what allowed her to move on to the collegiate level, Henneberry also did a lot of work on her own finding the right program.

"During my junior year, I sat down with my parents and we made a list of the things that I wanted in a school. We made another list of all the schools that I was interested in and then a list of the schools I thought I could play for. I probably emailed around 20 schools letting them know who I was and got a lot of responses. From there, it was just doing school visits and meeting lots of coaches. When I met the coach at Meredith, it already felt like home to me," she said.

Looking ahead to Meredith, Henneberry said all her new teammates are very talented, but her goal is to work hard enough to secure a spot in the starting six rotation.

"I'm working really hard now and did a lot of work over the winter so I can come in with a bang and be of use to the team," she said.

Academically, Meredith was also a good fit for Henneberry.

She is interested in pursuing a degree in math or engineering and Meredith offers a partnership in their engineering program through N.C. State.

"That's really nice because it allows me to play for a small school and enjoy that environment, but also get an N.C. State engineering degree if I decide to do so," Henneberry said.

 
 

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