Dobyns-Bennett sophomore Josie Rogers had a sensational entrance into high school tennis last season.
In her first year of varsity competition, Rogers went all the way to the state singles finals before finishing second.
She and her Lady Indians teammates also made a run at a state team title, coming in second.
“We learned a lot from last year,” Rogers said. “One thing is you have to stay in every match. Even when you’re down, you’ve got to keep grinding, you just never know what can happen.
“Our goals for this year are the same,” she added. “We want to get back to state and get another chance at a team championship. We’re young, but we’re working very hard.”
Rogers recently took part in a fun Q&A with Times-News Executive Sports Editor Pat Kenney:
Who is your favorite athlete?
What is your favorite movie?
“Catch Me If You Can”
What is your best athletic memory?
Winning first round of the state team competition was great. We all went out to dinner and really enjoyed ourselves.
What is your worst athletic memory?
Oh, losing in the final of the state singles.
In a movie made about your life, who would play you?
If you hosted a dinner party and could invite any three people, who would they be?
Rafael Nadal, Jesus and Jennifer Aniston
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Fly, for sure.
Do you have any superstitions?
Do you have a nickname?
My whole family played tennis. My dad and his brothers. My grandparents had a court in their back yard so we just went up there and played all the time.